Date: 20th March 2019 at 6:00am
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West Bromwich Albion could make a song out of this – Darren Moore, Jimmy Shan, Slavisa Jokanovic, Alex Neil, Michael Appleton, Craig Shakespeare…

Each West Bromwich Albion fan has their own thoughts on the decision to sack head coach Darren Moore with the club sitting comfortable in fourth place in the Championship table.

We all know there were issues, we also all know Moore was learning on the job but having not been backed in the summer in a manner befitting a Board that appears to have changed from promotion as the season aim to, automatic promotion and everything else is a failure…watch my pennies, fancy a free agent…our former gaffer has plenty of reasons to feel he had the rug pulled out from under him.

Those on the other side of the coin point to our defensive setup and the style and how much influence Graeme Jones had. Midfield pace, whether or not we were playing to our true strengths and so on.

There are valid points on both sides for me, so I have to look to the top of the tree and given our position, and where we now find ourselves in the calendar, I can’t not think the decision was panic-stricken and financial based demonstrating how our owner clearly does not understand the game he invested in and we’ve seen little by way of fresh investment into the squad when you look at our transfer dealings anyway (I appreciate there is more to football financing than new signing transfer spend).

But just as there are splits on the decision to fire Moore, there are massive splits when it comes to the hole the club have just dug for themselves when it comes to a replacement. Somewhere there has to be a cogent long term plan than covers all eventualities – and mid-March do we go for the best promotion option who might not be right for the Premier League, or do we go for the Premier League option, who might not be right to gain promotion. Do we stick or twist on style (irrelevant, it’s about the Premier League money and nothing more). So being about the money do we go cheap, and end up paying more in the long run for more bad decisions?

As the day dragged on Shan again became favourite.

They dug the hole, they can fill it. Fans will simply pay for it.

Shan reports: