The underrated manager who could reach new heights with Newcastle

Darren Moore as West Brom manager versus Newcastle United. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP)
Darren Moore as West Brom manager versus Newcastle United. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP) /

Enough is enough. Newcastle United need to sack Steve Bruce now in order to fight for a top ten finish.

The fact that a small group of Newcastle United fans are still defending Steve Bruce on social media is shocking. The man has been in charge since July, 2019, and his statistics are terrible.

The style of play is difficult to watch, and the man is holding Newcastle United back while other teams have become more competitive by playing attacking football.

Pundits in the media are too lazy to conduct proper research as they claim that he is doing a phenomenal job after leading the team to a 13th place finish last term. The Magpies were rock bottom in the league in almost every category, the final goal differential was -20, and luck carried the team all season long.

The front office signed off on some impressive transfer business this summer, yet Bruce has failed to utilize the new signings properly. He is selecting the wrong players and using the wrong formation.

Enough is enough, especially when fans are seeing how successful other mid-table teams have been in taking the game to superior opponents.

Eddie Howe is a popular manager in the eyes of the Toon Army, and our editorial staff think he would be a solid replacement for Bruce, but there is another manager who could work wonders with this team.

In my opinion, one of the most underrated managers in England who deserves another shot at Premier League football is Darren Moore.

The name might not sound familiar at first, but Moore took over as interim manager for West Brom with six games left in the 2017-18 campaign. At the time, West Brom were 20th in the table and were ten points in the hole.

Moore had an immediate impact with his attacking style of play and earned eleven points in the last six games of the season, with three victories coming against Tottenham, Manchester United, and Newcastle United.

Unfortunately for him, the damage done by his predecessor, Alan Pardew, was too much to overcome as West Brom were relegated on the final day of the season.

Moore then remained in charge of the Baggies for 36 games in the Championship, during which his team earned 61 points and occupied a place among the top four, but he was sacked by the board. He is now managing League One outfit Doncaster Rovers.

The reason why Moore would be a great manager at Newcastle United is because he knows how to inspire players. He is the type of manager who makes his players perform with a “backs against the wall” mentality, and that was evident during his time at West Brom.

Moreover, his preferred style of play is the 4-2-3-1 formation, which is exactly what Newcastle United fans are begging for with the players they have.

Every now and then, Moore also shifts to a 4-3-3 shape to really get at the opposition from the start. At 46, Moore is a young, progressive manager that can make a big difference on a team, especially a sleeping giant like Newcastle United.

The odds of Mike Ashley sacking Steve Bruce and pursuing Darren Moore are slim to none, but he could be the manager that makes the shift to attacking football and sends the Magpies out of the bottom half of the table.

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