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Darren reflects on coaching journey

27 November 2018

DARREN Moore has reflected on his journey from caretaker to Head Coach as he readies himself for a clash with Swansea City - the team against whom his career in the Albion hot seat began.

It's been seven months since Darren first stepped into the Hawthorns dugout - though he admits it feels a lot longer - to begin an impressive reign which has seen him claim points from 18 of his 24 league games to date.

"It seems a short period but it certainly doesn't feel like it," he quipped.

"You live, sleep, eat, drink the job, the industry.

"It's a challenge I relish. I enjoy every single day.

"Whether you like it or not, the role consumes you. It's a wonderful opportunity to be the Head Coach here, an honour.

"I won't stop working for this football club."

Looking back on his first fixture against the Swans, Darren pointed to the "platform" on which his success as Head Coach has been built.

"It was my first game in the caretaker role," he nodded.

"It was a good performance by the boys and we got a 1-1 draw.

"We did ever so well in terms of the run that we'd been on and it gave us a platform to build on which I think has led to where we are now.

"While it's been a good start since then, there's lots of hard work ahead."

The gaffer comes up against an old friend - and former Baggie - in Graham Potter at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Though Darren arrived at The Hawthorns 12 months after Potter's departure, the pair forged a friendship on their respective coaching pathways.

He added: "'Potts' has done really, really well.

"He plays football in the right manner, they get the ball down and play.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him. We've been on the same coaching journey - we did our license together.

"We'll have to be at our best to beat him and his team."


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