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Can Darren Moore save Sheffield Wednesday?

Darren Moore has left League One Doncaster Rovers to become the new manager of Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

Moore becomes the Owls third manager already this season. He follows Garry Monk and more recently, Tony Pulis, who lasted 10 games before his departure. Neil Thompson has been in temporary charge of Wednesday for the second time this season since December 28th 2020. In that time, he has collected some valuable points from his 13 games in charge.

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Doncaster Rovers at Ewood Park on January 9, 2021. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

46-year-old Moore, had been in charge of Doncaster Rovers since July 2019 and departed with Rovers sat sixth. Although, the former Jamaican international defender started his managerial career at West Brom in 2018.

Moore took over from Alan Pardew with the Baggies 10 points adrift at the bottom, and he went undefeated in his first month and earnt Premier League manager of the month. Despite his best efforts, West Brom got relegated. The owners backed Moore to lead the clubs’ promotion charge, but he got sacked in March 2019 with the club sat 4th in the Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday so far this season…

Wednesday currently sit 23rd in the Championship and six-points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand on 21st place Birmingham City.

Before the 2020/21 season, the Yorkshire side got sanctioned with a 12-point deduction for a breach of profitability and sustainability rules. However, this got reduced to a six-point deduction by the league arbitration panel.

Alongside Wycombe Wanderers, the Owls are the joint lowest scorers in the Championship. The clubs top-scorer is Callum Paterson, who has registered only six goals so far this campaign. He joined the club from Cardiff City last summer.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Callum Paterson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday at Brentford Community Stadium on February 24, 2021. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Can Moore save Wednesday?

With the Sheffield club having 14 games remaining this season, it remains unclear whether Moore can produce an instant impact. His first assignment is a massive game against local Yorkshire rivals Rotherham. The concern is the lack of fight and belief amongst the players.

The club has confirmed the additions of Jamie Smith and Paul Williams to the backroom staff. More crucially, Thompson looks set to remain at the club.

Darren Moore: “It’s a huge challenge, what I will say to everyone is, what has gone has gone and we all need to come together”

Darren Moore speaking to Sheffield Wednesday’s official website

Wednesday have some tricky fixtures left, with the likes of Norwich, Swansea, and Watford remaining. So if Moore has any hope of keeping the Owls up, he needs three-points against the Millers on Wednesday night.

Ben Wiles (C) of Rotherham United is challenged by Barry Bannan (L) and Moses Odubajo of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday at AESSEAL New York Stadium on October 28, 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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