Relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday have recruited Doncaster manager Darren Moore in their bid to stave off relegation to League One.
Former West Bromwich Albion boss, Moore, has left his role as manager of Doncaster Rovers – with the club sixth in League One – for another Yorkshire club in Sheffield Wednesday.
Moore’s former employer, Doncaster Rover’s Chairman David Blunt, has expressed in a club statement that he is “disappointed” with Moore’s decision to move to Wednesday, after “supporting him through the past two transfer windows” in spite of “difficult financial circumstances.”
“We are disappointed that Darren has chosen to leave the club part way through what has been a season full of promise.” Said Blunt.
“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.
Chairman Blunt, has also confirmed that Doncaster defender Andy Butler will take charge of the first team for the remainder of the season.
“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.”
Wednesday Chairman Dejphon Chansiri, has now made his fourth managerial appointment of the season – following the dismissal of Garry Monk, Tony Pulis and Neil Thompson returning to the coaching staff after a spell as interim manager.
The Owl’s currently stand 23rd in the Championship standings, and six points from safety after receiving a six-point deduction for breaches of financial fair play.
Newly Appointed Wednesday boss, Moore, has admitted to the press that keeping the Owl’s in the Championship is going to be “a big challenge.”
“We need to be together, and if we can do that with the army of fans we have, we can look forward to the challenge. I’m calling on everyone to come together.” Said Moore.
“We know it’s a big challenge ahead of us, but we want to be facing these hurdles as a unit.
“I’m glad to be part of this army and we want to go into this challenge together.”
Former Premier League Manager of the Month, Moore, will be in the Hillsborough dugout for the first time for Wednesday’s key fixture against relegation rivals Rotherham United on the third of March.