Sheffield Wednesday appoint Doncaster’s manager Darren Moore, leaving fans shocked and saddened as it was revealed Monday morning.
The Owls have been managerless since the 28th of December, when Tony Pulis was sacked after 10 matches at the helm with the club 23rd in the Championship table.
Moore, 46, had been in charge of the League One side since July 2019 and departs with them sixth despite a run of four defeats in five games. Andy Butler, 37, has been named Rovers boss until the end of the season.
BREAKING: We are delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Moore as our new first team manager!#swfc
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) March 1, 2021
Sheffield Wednesday are delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Moore as our new first team manager.
The highly regarded 46-year-old brings an impressive CV to S6 on both sides of the white line.
The erstwhile defender made 654 senior appearances for a raft of clubs as a player over two decades, representing Torquay, Doncaster, Bradford, Portsmouth, West Brom, Derby, Barnsley and Burton.
He also posted three caps on the international stage for Jamaica.
Moore moved into management in April 2018 with the Baggies on a caretaker basis and came close to saving his new charges from Premier League relegation against all the odds having taken the reins 10 points from safety.
He earned the Premier League Manager of the Month accolade for April along the way.
Moore was appointed permanently in May 2018 with the aim of leading West Brom back to the top tier from the Championship. With that remit on course, he somewhat surprisingly departed the following March with the Baggies in fourth place.
The Birmingham product moved to Doncaster in July 2019 and after laying firm foundations at the Keepmoat Stadium saw Rovers’ promotion ambitions halted by the curtailment of the League One season. Doncaster were six points shy of the play-offs with a game in hand.
This time around, Rovers are ensconced in the play-off spots, again having played less games than their rivals.
Moore now joins the Owls with immediate effect and will be in charge for Wednesday night’s Championship clash with Rotherham at Hillsborough.
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Following the departure of Darren Moore to Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers can confirm that Andy Butler has been put in charge of managing the first team with immediate effect. #DRFChttps://t.co/Jen43klW7B pic.twitter.com/CKHxpySaxd
— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) March 1, 2021
Following the departure of Darren Moore to Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers can confirm that Andy Butler has been put in charge of managing the first team with immediate effect.
Chairman David Blunt said: “We are disappointed that Darren has chosen to leave the club part way through what has been a season full of promise.
“We have made significant efforts to support Darren over the past 18-months and ensure he was able to build a team capable of challenging in the top six. This has included supporting him through the past two transfer windows despite the difficult financial circumstances.
“Our ambitions remain to achieve a top six finish and we hope and expect that Andy will use this time to put himself in the prime position to secure the role on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Andy’s first priority will be to halt the team’s recent run of poor form and put our season back on track.”
The club can also confirm that Jamie Smith has left the club with immediate effect.
Fans reacted as Sheffield Wednesday appoint Doncaster’s manager, see what they had to say below…
ON SHEFF WED’S TWEET:
@Jinja_Owl: Good luck Darren. Good appointment. Now let him ‘MANAGE’ not just do as he’s told by the ownership who’s previous methods have failed badly.
@SwfcFan12: Really like this Appointment. Good manager. Knows League One. Seems a really likeable guy when being interviewed. Credit where credit is due. Much better than some nobody out of work or a foreign coach.
@joshryder_flint: incoming sack when he can’t sign players he wants and loses 5
@sweds1867: Quality appointment – finally some optimism.
@wellbeaten1977: A month too late though. Didn’t work out for him at WBA, but done good job at Donny and Peterborough owner keeps saying on his podcast he rates him as one of best young managers outside of the premier League
@No_Gimicks: How long before he realises he had better players at Donny
@danielbarrass2: All the negativity needs to stops now. Yes we can be pissed off with chansiri, but we need to get behind Moore! UTO
@Owlizee: Ticks a few boxes does this. His stock is rising and it’s a huge challenge for him. One to keep should we go down. He knows L1 well and can get mastermind a return to the championship should the worse happen. Nobody can know for sure but I like this appointment on paper. UTO
@joedcfcsmith15: Great appointment. But ffs don’t sack him if/when you go down.
@BaggieFans: Has history of clearing up Pulis’ mess at the end of a season
@Danfudge: This is amazing, a good appointment. There’s also not one negative comment about it either which shocks me. But there are comments slagging off people slagging the appointment off, which isn’t happening. This doesn’t shock me
@TheRainbowStand: All the best Big Dave. You’ve a good manager there, treat him well
@jack_burditt: What the actual fuck is going on with this football club
@dan_N_smith: Nothing surprises with this football club anymore, great appointment.
@danhennell: Top news !!! Let’s hope he’s given chance to build something whether that’s in the Champ or L1
@ANDYOWL82: Great appointment get in!! Very happy good luck Darren. Always liked him great character and plays good stuff. Long term a good option.
ON DONCASTER’S TWEET:
@EdwardTroth: What the actual fuck!??!?!?!
@EthanOsafc: Doesn’t make sense this. He’s left a promotion chasing team to join a team who are inevitably going to go down ? Although it is good for all of us chasing for promotion I think it’s a bad move
@mattarnold13: Shocking this has been allowed to happen, real chance of promotion. Will there be a statement from the board to explain why this has been allowed to happen ?
@andyajackson: No time to dwell on what’s done even though it seems to have come out of nowhere. Let’s get behind Butts @butler__andy. Some crucial games coming up!
@bobby63196967: Please someone just explain has there been some sort of fall out between Darren and the players and he has Buggered off wtf has happened
@bfcharri: What have you done that for
@chris_c1982: Another manager that thinks the grass is always greener on other side we gave him a chance when no one else wud shows gratitude
@jamesfletcher27: Sorry lads I’m as surprised as you your looking at promotion and our club is not going anywhere fast but what can we expect footy wise as him as manager?
@BucknellLee: How’s he just fucked off like that 😂😂😂😂😂
@TheRobSmudge: What an idiot. Going to that shambles of a club.
@_edgrace: Stop giving managers a 12 month rolling contract
@adam_saynor: Butler will get us back on track. I can picture it now. Play off final Butler brings himself on scores a diving header at Wembley with fans allowed back in.
@joedrfcbaker200: I’m not sure if I find this funny, confusing, or really fucking shit. Not what I expected to wake up to.
@benhud2901: Double blow this. No ambition #DRFC
@claretimms2: @butler__andy it’s your time to shine get the lads back to winning ways you have got this we as fans support you 100% you did a great job at the belles and also when u took charge of the first team when Moore was in isolation your passion for this club is fantastic good luck
@CommonAlfie: Why would he do this though
@jake_starbuck: Board backed Moore in Jan window, he’s ambitious but to leave us now makes no sense. @butler__andy job is yours to lose, give them a rocket up the arse save our season.
@lukeblack85: Mate he’s an even bigger cunt than McCann
@RRMorleyy: Money talks….zero ambition and an embarrassing move from Darren Moore. If I’m any club there’s no chance I’d offer him a role.
@CNSD17: Why would you leave to go to Sheffield Wednesday fml