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Darren Moore is the latest name to be linked with the manager’s job at Bolton Wanderers, as per Football Insider.
The current Doncaster Rovers boss is being considered should talks break down with Barrow manager Ian Evatt, whom the Trotters are keen on appointing.
So, would the former West Brom boss Moore be a good appointment for Wanderers?
The team here at FLW discuss….
I think that attracting someone like Moore away from Doncaster Rovers, after what has been a hugely impressive tenure of Donny this far, would be a massive statement of intent and a coup for Bolton, and it could give them a big boost as they prepare to embark on life in League Two.
I felt that Moore was really harshly sacked by West Brom last season after performing wonders for the large part of his tenure at the Hawthorns, and he has shown what a good team he can build when given backing and a full transfer window to do so.
I still believe that Evatt would be a really exciting appointment that Moore and arguably better than Moore, as after watching his Barrow side on more than one occasion last term, they were a joy to watch and were so hard to beat and break down.
Evatt likes to utilise a 3-5-2 setup which would really suit Bolton’s style of play and the players they have, in my view, and he’d be hungry to take over a massive club on their knees like Bolton.
Would Moore want to leave Donny, too? After just missing out on the play-offs, he will be keen to go one step further next term, and Evatt would be easier to lure away, I feel.
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This would be a real coup if the Trotters can get it done.
I’m not sure that Moore would want to leave Doncaster, a League One side that will be eyeing the play-offs next term, to join League Two-bound Bolton but if they can convince him I think it could be a fantastic move.
I’ve been impressed by the job that the 46-year-old has done at both West Brom and Doncaster, and I think given a bit of time he could build something really good at Bolton.
On top of that, he’s a household name, which is likely to make their recruitment easier and could see them bring in some really exciting signings.
If they manage to land him it would be a great appointment but so would bringing in Evatt from Barrow. Getting Moore would certainly be lower risk than appointing Evatt, who doesn’t have experience in the EFL but for a long-term project, there are advantages to both moves.
It’s a little bit more risk-free than appointing Evatt given Moore has some good managerial experience under his belt in the Football League, but there’s a risk with whoever Bolton chase to take over.
A club that is on this type of slide takes some stopping and whoever the Trotters settle on is going to have a task on their hands getting them moving back through the Football League.
Moore is a good coach and he’s done pretty well with West Brom and Doncaster; he was treated badly at the Hawthorns and didn’t deserve the sack. Ultimately, though, he’s still pretty raw at 46.
It’s a decision Bolton have to get right and not many of the candidates have blown me away, with little standout names emerging.
Perhaps that tells you just how tough this job is going to be in 2020/21.