As I type, following today’s point against Ipswich Town, West Bromwich Albion sit in fourth place in the Championship table, with 61 points returned from games so far.
It would be spurious to ignore the fact that we have wobbled and our recent form and points return hasn’t been great – but every side in the second tier has difficult weeks and it’s how you react to them that makes a season.
Some fans don’t believe this is good enough given our squad and regularly point to mistakes made by Darren Moore as he continued to learn on the job. Others who aren’t so blinkered about the group, accept we have limitations and things need to be worked on, yet are delighted that we are in the mix for promotion this year given the lack of investment over the summer.
Short term loan deals, free agents, how many transfers fell through again…
So the answer from the Board tonight has been to sack Moore and his backroom staff, presumably because our owner cares more about losing money than allowing time for improvements to be sought.
The statement from CEO Mark Jenkins is regretful, but the key line is.
“We have made it clear from the outset that everything this season was geared to making as swift a return to the Premier League as possible. Unfortunately Darren has not been able to engineer the consistency of form and results to convince the board that this objective would be met.”
As I look back to the summer window and the January window I wonder if my understanding of the word ‘geared’ is the same as Jenkins and Lai’s? Sure to God my understanding of form and results to reach this objective differs from their’s as anyone with half a brain cell realises how tough the Championship is – all sides slip up and have done. They will again before the end of this season.
I’m not alone in my thoughts as there are some harsh truths about the club on social media, but I can’t exactly reprint some of them here and there’s been good support for Moore from fans of others clubs which speaks volumes.