What We Can Learn from West Bromwich Albion’s Resurgence

For a football side that is still destined to go down to the Championship, West Bromwich Albion fans and players alike will no doubt ask themselves; what if the board made the change to appoint coach Darren Moore back on the 29th November 2017 until the end of the season before appointing now ex-coach Alan Pardew? Will things have been different.

Can they still beat the drop? Mathematically, yes, they can. Practically, however, it will be the greatest escape in the Premier League history and will even eclipse that of Leicester City FC the year before they were crowned Premier League Champions back in May 2016. For that to happen, they will need to win their last two games against Tottenham Hotspur at home and Crystal Palace away and importantly hope that three of the following teams slip up; Stoke, Southampton, Swansea, Huddersfield and West Ham United. Should this happen, the Baggies will remember this season as one of the miracle seasons, however one might have a higher chance of winning big on Casinosverige.me/free-spins than of seeing Moore guide his team to English Premier League safety.

It comes as no surprise to many that Premier League owners are trigger happy when it comes to sacking their managers and coaches. After all, if a coach can’t galvanise his football players, even though his side are facing the dreaded drop from the English Premier League down to the Championship, they will be the first to go.

Is it better to look for an established name to get a team out of the relegation zone? Or perhaps there should be a new understanding whereby an in-house coach or ex-player that is familiar with the players can do just as good a job as anyone else. The case in point here is Darren Moore, who it seems effortlessly managed to get his players to go on a run of 8 points out of a possible 12, and without having lost a game in the EPL since he took charge of the team.

But, critically, does Moore poses coaching skills unknown to the previous coaches, Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew. Probably not, as it seems that the media-wide assumption that the Baggies are destined to go down has enabled their players to be more relaxed and therefore perform much better in the closing stages of the season. Much to the surprise of many die-hard WBA fans and executive board members.

Will other Premier League teams follow suit and save a lot of money on ‘established’ names on the managers market by appointing in-house coaching staff? If so, are they likely to benefit from a rich run of form like WBA have under Moore? The answer to both these questions is, no. Football teams today are like any other big corporation with all the money involved in TV rights, thus they will need a well-known manager that will ultimately be able to attract other football players.

Let us not underestimate Moore’s achievement thus far, having acquired the same number of Premier League points as Pardew has during his entire tenure. However, this is mostly to do with the psychological barrier that has been lifted from the players. Football players, like all of us, need to feel relaxed to perform at their highest level, with less pressure bringing in more results. So will the Baggies beat the drop, we shall find out in the coming weeks.