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West Brom coach Moore aiming to be an inspiration to British bosses

 

By Sean Taylor

Darren Moore hopes his appointment as West Brom head coach will be an inspiration to all young British managers and not just those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The 44-year-old is only the second manager in the Premier League, alongside Chris Hughton at Brighton, to represent a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) group. There are currently just three in the top four divisions, with Keith Curle making up the number - although he is set to leave Carlisle.

Moore has been given the Baggies job following an impressive spell as caretaker manager after Alan Pardew was sacked in April.

He steered West Brom to three wins - including victories against Manchester United and Tottenham - and two draws in six Premier League matches, staving off relegation until the last week of the season and restoring some pride back in the club after a miserable campaign.

"Am I a role model? I'll probably leave it out there for you to look at," said Moore. "By me sitting here, it's an inspiration to all young British coaches. I'm in this role representing BAME coaches and young British coaches.

"Hopefully my role inspires them from grassroots football right through to the professional game. If it does that for individuals then I'm extremely proud."

Sadly for Moore, his appointment comes too late to be witnessed by friend and pioneer for equal opportunities Cyrille Regis, who passed away in January.

Moore regularly spoke with Regis, both former West Brom players, and feels his progression from Under-18 boss to the Under-23s and now on to the first team at The Hawthorns would have met with Regis' approval.

"Cyrille was a personal friend of mine, somebody I held in extremely high regard. If he was here today, he would certainly be part of this," said Moore.

"I'm really proud and I'm sure he's looking down on us now and saying he's very happy."

Moore revealed that James Shan (development coach) and Neil Cutler (goalkeeping coach) are set to remain but he will appoint an assistant head coach.

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