West Brom host Middlesbrough in a clash of two of the top six teams in the Championship, and one which could go a long way in deciding the outcome of the table at the end of the season.
Both managers Darren Moore and Tony Pulis will have the spotlight on them, as they hope to guide their teams to a crucial victory.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two managers…
West Brom fans must have known that they had a good manager on their hands when Moore took over at the end of last season.
Despite The Baggies’ horrendous position in the Premier League in the first half of 2018, the former player gave them a scintilla of hope in remaining in the league with a fantastic run. In fact, Moore’s form with the club was so good that he was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month for April.
He has carried that good form into this season’s Championship campaign. He was awarded the Championship Manager of the Month in September as he took The Baggies to the top of the table after a slightly shaky start at the beginning of the season. He has created a team that plays attractive football and has got the best out of a number of players. The fact that they are streets ahead in the goal scoring charts in the league is testament to this.
What is remarkable is that this is his first managerial job, which bodes well for West Brom’s future as he is only going to pick up more and more experience as his career goes on.
What was a potentially risky appointment has turned out to be a stroke of genius.
TT Grade: A+
Middlesbrough appointed the wily veteran Pulis as their manager in December 2017 with one goal in mind- earning promotion.
The Welshman guided Boro to the playoffs in his first few months in charge, but unfortunately lost to Villa. However, this season was his first full season and the chance to seriously mount a promotion bit.
The season started well for Boro as they were consistently one of the top two teams. However, as the season has progressed, they have slipped further and further down the Championship table. They are still in the top six and likely to make the playoffs, but what will disappoint many fans is the slightly sluggish, defensive football that they play. But that has always been Pulis’ has style and it is unlikely he will ever change.
Then again, if the manager earns Boro promotion, very few fans would complain.
TT Grade: B+
This battle is one between an experienced manager and a novice. In this case the novice, Moore, is getting the upper hand over Pulis.
Not only are West Brom doing better in the Championship, but they are actually playing better football which is probably the two main priorities of the fans’. That is why Moore has to win this battle.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!