West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for September.
Handing a first-time caretaker-manager the job on a permanent basis can be fraught with danger, but Moore has eased into the role impeccably. His attack-minded side collected 13 points from five games, scored 12 goals and went top.
Moore said: “It means everything to win this, because it shows progression with the football club, it shows the club is heading in the right direction. It means a lot to me, but obviously sitting here, I get to pick up this award but I share it with everybody: the staff, players, supporters. Everybody at the football club shares in this award, I suppose I have just got the head title to pick it up.
“The players have tried to buy into what we are trying to do here together as a group, and they are working well together. There is a good team dynamic, there is a good cohesion with the group, and all the staff behind the scenes have bought into it, in trying to bring an energy to the football club.
“We realise it is only a start, there is still a lot of hard work ahead. It is a tough Championship campaign and we know it is a relentless pursuit, but one that we’re just gravitating day by day and trying to get better as we go along.”
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Having been given the manager’s job on a permanent basis, Darren is really stamping his personality on the team.
“West Bromwich Albion are playing great attacking football, had a fantastic month in September and went into October at the top of the table.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Given the inspired way that his side reacted to his initial appointment at the end of last season’s Premier League season, and the astute signings he made in the summer, it was perhaps unsurprising to see Moore’s West Brom side leading the pack going into October.
“With the firepower that Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez are providing, and the creativity of Harvey Barnes, there’s little argument that in an attacking sense, the current incarnation of the team is better than the one that started last season in the Premier League, and a lot of that is down to Moore allowing them to flourish.”