Darren's first media address

DARREN Moore has addressed national and local media for the first time since being named Albion Head Coach.

Darren agreed an improved and extended contract on Friday and will now lead the Club in its efforts to make as swift a return as possible to the Premier League. 

WBA TV brought you his first, exclusive interview as Head Coach last week. And the Baggies boss today fronted up to the wider press for the first time.

Here's what he had to say...

On being named Head Coach

I'm extremely proud. It's a really great moment for me to be sitting here as Head Coach of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. I'm delighted to be offered the role. I instantly accepted. It's a club I hold dear and I'm looking forward to the job ahead.

On last season's impact

I just got my head down for the six weeks or so I had in charge. I explained to you all that it was just six games and we would approach each one with the same manner, the same work rate, the same intensity. I was delighted with the results we got in those games.

On his backroom staff

There's still an addition to my team to come in. But at the moment I'm staying with James Shan and Neil Cutler. There will be another member added in due course. I can't give you a name, but they will be the Assistant Head Coach.

On the challenge ahead

There are another 23 clubs in the Championship preparing for a gruelling, relentless season. There are plenty of hurdles to overcome. To overcome those challenges we'll need to be at our best as a football club. I'm looking forward to it.

I understand the challenges that lie ahead. I've played a lot of games in the Championship. It's about getting us ready for those challenges that will soon be upon us.

The ambition is to keep moving this club forward. Every team is vying for the special prize of promotion.

On his coaching philosophy

I want to build a team that has different dimensions to it. The fans can expect a team that will play attractive football but also a team that's willing to fight and scrap for every ball.

There's many different challenges but we need to create a team that can be prepared for those challenges. We will need to be mentally and physically prepared.

I'll be speaking to the players at some point this week and discussing things with them. They're all contracted to West Bromwich Albion so the first thing for me is to speak to them individually.

On being a role model for black coaches

I'll leave that for you to decide. Me sitting here in the role I've got can be an inspiration for young British coaches. If it inspires people at a grassroots level then I'll be very proud.

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