Darren Moore almost pulled off a remarkable feat last season.
Leaving it far too late to get rid of Alan Pardew and John Carver, West Brom were in a desperate position by the time they were sacked.
Taking over with six games to go, caretaker boss Darren Moore produced a remarkable five match run, beating Newcastle United, Man Utd and Tottenham, plus draws with Liverpool (after being 2-0 down) and Swansea.
However, by the time they reached the final game of the season, a defeat at Palace, they were already down, due in the main to only one PL win in five months under Pardew, which culminated in eight straight defeats before he was belatedly sacked.
Darren Moore has got the job permanently but West Brom chose not to speculate with this season’s £41m parachute cash, instead keeping the core of their Premier League side and actually making a £12m profit on transfers.
Their key signings were arguably the loan ones, midfielder Harvey Barnes from Leicester City and of course Dwight Gayle from Newcastle United.
Saturday saw Gayle score two very good goals to beat Stoke 2-1, the second of these was outstanding from the loan striker.
Darren Moore described them as ‘stellar finishes’ and it makes it now three goals in four Championship starts for West Brom, plus Dwight Gayle has also won the Baggies three penalties already.
However, the West Brom boss insists that the double loan deal was right for both clubs, that Newcastle were also getting somebody who was ‘right’ for them this season, in the shape of Salomon Rondon.
Rondon has already hit the bar against Spurs, scored against Forest, laid the goal on for Yedlin at Man City, and impressed with his general play.
Having seen Salomon Rondon now in action, I know he turns 29 this month but surely if Newcastle could have signed him for £10m or so AND kept Dwight Gayle, the cash allowing West Brom to bring in somebody else, Rafa Benitez would have had much stronger options, including an interesting Rondon/Gayle partnership which I believe could have paid dividends.
“We felt that with Dwight Gayle coming here and Salomon Rondon going to Newcastle, that there was two strikers who were right for the clubs.
“Both clubs agreed.
“We felt Dwight would be a good fit here in terms of team dynamics and cohesion and he has added to that.
“I get the benefit of working with him every day and his character as a man is very good and he has definitely brought something to the club and added to the team.
“We’re delighted to have him here and we know we’ve somebody who, when chances come, is cool, calm and composed in front of goal.
“We set the right tempo (against Stoke) and we did what we worked on doing in training.
Our ability to manage the ball in large periods of the game meant we had a lot of control.
“Being a former defender I’d have liked the clean sheet, but I can’t let that detract from a good afternoon’s work shown by the players today.
“They were stellar finishes by Dwight Gayle. That’s the prowess that Dwight has and he’s building a nice relationship and understanding with Jay Rodriguez.”