The second of three shoes has dropped in this nonsensical idiom as the story book tale comes to and end for Darren Moore’s version of West Bromwich Albion, as the Baggies are officially relegated from the Premier League.
From nearly kick off this season West Brom were in the bottom and hard-pressed to claw themselves to safety. Indecision and missed opportunities from the management staff, not necessarily the players, is one major contributing factor to the team failing.
From Tony Pulis, to Gary Megson, to Alan Pardew, to Darren Moore, the West Brom squad has had to deal with so many managers and so many ideas under performance was likely to be a side effect of the rotating managers.
What makes this relegation pill harder to swallow is the team’s unbelievable performance since caretaker manager Darren Moore has taken over from Alan Pardew. Unbeaten since Moore was appointed manager, West Brom have drawn Swansea, and Liverpool while beating Manchester United, Newcastle United, and most recently Tottenham – all wins without conceding.
Darren Moore has figured out how to win with West Brom which is interesting seeing as how veteran managers like Pulis and Pardew failed to maximize their team. Its a strategy that a lot of bottom half teams need to utilize – find your players skills and play to their strengths. Pulis and Pardew both tried to implement systematic play that is part and parcel with their names and both failed miserably this season.
For Moore he adopted a centreback core he could lean on; Jonny Evans and Ahmed Hegazi are solid players that are both physical and responsible. This allowed for the focus to fall on the midfield, most notably Jake Livermore. The English midfielder has been a regular call up for England’s international squad but is better moving forward attacking than holding defensively which was maximized in their flat four midfield formation.
Forwards Jay Rodriguez and Soloman Rodon combine cunning play-making and physical box play allow for the four man midfield to not only pressure their opposition, but maximize their own attack by supporting their front two.
In relegation the team will lose some players. It seems certain the reliable core of Evans and Hegazi will be moved out. As well the team pulse Livermore will get interest, same with keeper Ben Foster, forwards Rodon and Rodriguez. Some other piece players too should get sniffs at Premier League survival.
It really is a shame to have West Brom relegated in their most recent form. You feel for the team who was subject to managerial changes and you feel for Darren Moore who captured lightning in a bottle for his team. He has earned another year in the position, but due to the financial state of the club, the majority of his players will likely be sold due to necessity.
Audios, West Brom and good luck in the Championship!