West Brom's Darren Moore Fighting to Steady the Ship
When teams get relegated from the Premier League into the Championship, it is always expected that some players will leave the club. However, there appears to be quite a few wanting to leave West Brom this summer, and manager Darren Moore looks to have a tough job on his hands as he tries to steady the ship. Moore ended last season as caretaker boss and although he joined at a time when his club were almost relegated, he got them playing well and performing with credit. That led to him being handed the role as permanent boss, and now his task is a completely different one, and a much tougher one, to get promotion back into the Premier League.
That task is going to be made even tougher if the team aren't all on the same page, which appears to be the case right now. Ben Foster was the first player to try and make a move for himself, something that paid off when he signed for Watford. Foster and team mate Craig Dawson both opted to miss a pre-season trip to Portugal and were fined for that. Foster has since got the move he wanted, while Dawson is now allowed leave from the team after his wife has recently given birth to his child. With those two away from things, James McClean appears to be the next player intent on causing problems to try and gain a move away from the club.
McClean has refused to travel with the squad up to Scotland for a four day training camp, and will face internal discipline for that. He has made 99 appearances for The Baggies, but is linked with a move away to Stoke, another team who have just been relegated into the Championship. While this may be seen as a slightly sideways move for McClean, he is clearly unhappy with something at West Brom, and wants to make his feelings public by refusing to travel with the squad.
Baggies 8/1 to Win the Championship
Despite everything going off this summer, there was clear progress for West Brom last season when Darren Moore took over and that is something that didn't escape the eye of the bookmakers. They price West Brom up at 8/1 second favourites to win the Championship this season, with only fellow bounce back hopefuls Stoke ahead of them in the betting at 11/2. There is clearly a lot going off behind the scenes at West Brom right now, and this needs sorting over the next couple of weeks before we edge closer to the start of the season.
The Baggies have a lot of in-house work to do, but if they can get that out of the way before they kick a ball in the Championship then they certainly have the quality in their squad to challenge for promotion straight back to the Premier League.