Friday 14 December 2018

Steve McClaren returns to management as Darren Moore confirmed as West Brom boss

Steve McClaren takes over at QPR
Steve McClaren takes over at QPR

Former England boss Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new manager of QPR, with Darren Moore promoted from his role as caretaker boss to permanent head coach at West Bromwich Albion.

The 57-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Loftus Road, where he worked for three months under Harry Redknapp during 2013 before embarking on his first spell at Derby.

"It's great to be back - and it's a challenge that I'm excited by," McClaren told the Sky Bet Championship club's official website after being confirmed as Ian Holloway's successor.

"I must admit that I've followed the club closely over the last five years, because of the three months I had here.

"From the outside, I've seen the progress, work and changes that have gone on - especially over the last two years - in streamlining the squad and getting the budget down. The board and owners deserve credit for that.

McClaren was in charge at Newcastle during the 2015-16 season before returning to Derby, a managerial role he left in March 2017.

The former England manager, who left that position after failing to secure qualification for Euro 2008, is confident QPR can progress next season following a 16th-placed finish.

"The introduction of younger players has been a breath of fresh air and it's exciting for the future," the one-time Middlesbrough boss said.

"I like to play attractive, attacking football - and we've got young, hungry footballers here who can play that way.

"The priority is to win football matches - but we want to win them in a certain style."

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Darren Moore

Meanwhile, West Brom have confirmed the appointment of Darren Moore as the club's new head coach.

The 44-year-old former Albion defender has landed the job on an "improved and extended contract" having been given the role on a temporary basis following Alan Pardew's dismissal at the start of April.

Moore's impressive spell as caretaker boss saw him steer 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 after a miserable campaign both on and off the pitch.

Moore, who played for West Brom from 2001 until 2006, is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: "I am obviously extremely proud to accept this role and also extremely excited.

"We have a big summer ahead of us, a lot of hard work we need to get in now. I'm going all out to try to get those plans and personnel in place to make sure we've got everything ready.

"And we need to be because this (the Championship) is a tough league packed with great clubs. But what an opportunity for us to move the club in the right direction."

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