This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Doncaster Rovers have appointed former West Brom boss Darren Moore as their new manager, it has been confirmed on the club website, with the former Doncaster centre-back replacing Grant McCann, who left Rovers for Hull City in May, after a year in charge at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Moore has been out of work since being sacked by the Baggies in March, when they were fourth in the Championship whilst Rovers finished sixth in the third tier last season, before losing to Charlton Athletic in the play-off semi-finals.
“Having been here before as a player, to be back as the manager is an honour for me,” Moore told the club website.
So have Rovers made the right move by appointing Moore as manager?
“This is a smart appointment from Doncaster, as it ensures the club keeps moving forward despite losing Grant McCann.
“There was a real risk that McCann’s departure could lead to a downturn in Rovers’ fortunes after their promotion bid last season, but this is a forward-thinking appointment which should excite their fans.
“Moore may have been sacked from his role as West Brom boss, but this seemed a harsh decision at the time. Moore showed during his stint at the Hawthorns that he is more than capable as a manager.
“This a real coup for Doncaster, and it makes even more sense when considered that Moore spent time at the club during his playing career. I can see him being a real success if he receives backing from the board.”
“I think this is a brilliant appointment from Doncaster.
“Given the immediate impact that Moore had after taking over at The Hawthorns, and the way that he kept the Baggies in contention for a Championship play-off spot throughout his time at the club last season, I’m surprised that another second tier hasn’t moved for him already.
“Moore’s connection to Doncaster – having played there previously – means that this should be a popular appoint around the Keepmoat Stadium, and the 45-year-old will be aware of what he has to do when he steps into his role at the club.
“Given their run to the play-offs last year, coupled with the appointment of someone with Moore’s evident potential from his early days as a manager, means that Doncaster fans should be feeling pretty confident about their prospects for the season ahead.”
“What a fantastic appointment this is.
“It’s still a mystery to many that Moore was sacked by West Brom as he had the Baggies in the play-offs and competing for promotion.
“So, for Rovers to bring in a manager who was in that position earlier this year is very surprising.
“Moore has proven himself to be a capable manager at a higher level and also knows the club from his playing days, so there really is no negatives that you can say about this decision.
“Key figures at the club deserve huge credit for convincing the 45-year-old to join.”Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!