The news of Darren Moore being sacked last Sunday was one of the most surprising and shocking managerial moves to happen in England all season.
A reminder that this is the same Moore that won Premier League Manager of the Month in his only month as a coach in the top-tier of English football, the same man who has been associated with West Brom since 2006, and the same Moore who led the Baggies to 4th in the Championship table.
His sacking was shocking, unjust, and disrespectful to the club he has spent the good part of nearly a year trying to rebuild. And not only have West Brom now set themselves up for failure for the remainder of the season, but they have also let go one of the best up-and-coming managers in the division walk away for the tamest of crimes.
And this is something Nottingham Forest should be taking advantage of.
Forest are all too familiar with a manager leaving midway through a promising season. The sacking of Aitor Karanka and subsequent hiring of club legend Martin O’Neill was on the surface a promising appointment for the club. It lifted the spirits with the fans and there was some genuine hope that this season could be the one that the club make the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
And to his credit, the former Celtic chief has done a solid job since taking the job in January. The Reds have taken points off play-off rivals such as Derby and the aforementioned West Brom, however, loses to the likes of Stoke and Birmingham have raised early question marks.
O’Neill has also been criticised by sections of the fanbase for his handling of record signing Joao Carvalho, who is yet to start a game under the new boss and has only come off the bench in four games under the Irishman.
Enter, Darren Moore. Although his managerial career has been substantially shorter compared to O’Neill’s, Moore has shown what he can do with a team with talented players and solid foundations.
It might not what be what Forest fans want, but if you’re a club that’s looking to build for the future, would you rather have a veteran club legend that’s been in the managerial game for decades or a new exciting young coach brimming with ideas who you can keep around for years?
Moore’s understanding of working and developing youth players also makes him an ideal candidate for Forest. The club has an outstanding reputation with bringing players through the youth academy, and Moore could be the man to bring the next generation of Forest players through at the club.
It might not be the suggestion Forest fans want to hear. After all, there are still 11 games to go in the season and anything could happen between now and the final match, but it would be unwise of the club board to simply wave away the idea of hiring Moore should he be available in the summer.
O’Neill is a club legend and someone all Forest fans adore, but it might be time to admit that he might not be the best man for the job and that the future of the club would be the better in the hands of one of the best young coaches in the country.
Nottingham Forest fans, would you take Darren Moore as manager?