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Darren Moore keen to stay at West Brom despite Barnsley approach

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Barnsley have approached Darren Moore about their vacant managerial position but Albion’s first team coach has rebuffed the advances because he’s keen to stay at the Baggies.

First team coach Darren Moore.

The Championship club are searching for a new manager after Paul Heckingbottom left for Leeds United.

The Tykes had hoped to interview Moore for the role, but the 43-year-old is happy at Albion after being promoted to first team coach in December by Alan Pardew.

Moore is eager to become a manager one day, but remains committed to Albion’s fight for survival this season.

Oxford United and MK Dons have also made enquiries about his availability in the past year.

Former Albion team-mate Michael Appleton wanted Moore to be his assistant at Oxford, and when he left for Leicester City last June, Moore was considered for the role.

The Dons also made a brief enquiry before Dan Micciche was appointed last month.

There are only a handful of black managers currently employed by the 92 clubs in the Premier League and the Football League.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is the only black manager in the top tier, making Moore, who is first team coach to a Premier League side, one of the most high-profile black coaches in the country.

In December, all 72 clubs of the Football League agreed to voluntarily adopt the ‘Rooney Rule’, meaning they will interview at least one candidate from BAME (black and ethnic minority) background for vacant managerial positions.

The FA has also adopted the ‘Rooney Rule’ for its appointments in the national set up and the Premier League has been urged to follow suit.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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