DARREN Moore answered his club’s call to step into the first-team breach with a message of unity for every member of the Albion family.
The Baggies legend, a much-loved promotion-winning defender and subsequent coach in the backroom staff, has been placed in charge of first-team affairs following the departure of Alan Pardew and John Carver.
Darren greets the players today with the same message he reserves for everyone with the Baggies at heart.
“West Bromwich Albion has always been a family for me,” he says. "And that’s the word I shall focus on - family.
“We need to get the unity back among everyone - the players, the staff, the fans, everyone connected with Albion, because that is the only way forward.
“I felt the pain on Saturday just like everyone. It’s their club and it’s their passion and love for it which makes it so painful at the moment.
“But let’s get that unity back. We’ve had tough days before and we’ve always bounced back and that’s what we will do again.”
Moore admitted to mixed feelings about stepping into his former boss’s shoes with the Baggies facing a six-game run-in to the end of such a disappointing season.
“These are never happy days at a Club and it’s never nice to see people leave their jobs,” said Darren.
“Alan and John showed faith in me and gave me the chance to work at first-team coach level for which I will always be grateful.
“It’s a brutal business at times and unfortunately the results just haven’t gone for us.
“But now all I can do is do everything in my power to focus the team for Swansea on Saturday.
"That’s all I’m thinking about and everything will be geared to getting the preparation as right as possible to give us our best chance of a positive performance.”