Roberts: Moore a beacon’ for black managers
Jason Roberts believes his former West Bromwich Albion team-mate Darren Moore can be a “beacon” for black managers after his encouraging start at The Hawthorns.
Moore picked up four points from his two games in charge since replacing Alan Pardew as caretaker on Easter Monday, including an unlikely 1-0 win away to Manchester United.
Roberts, who visited Bermuda last week in his capacity as director of development at Concacaf, would love for Moore to be given an opportunity to rebuild the club who look set for relegation after a dreadful Premier League season.
“It’s been a difficult season for West Brom and I really do feel that it’s a time to rebuild,” said Roberts, the special guest at the Bermuda Football Association awards ceremony on Friday night.
“There’s a silver lining to everything and that’s Darren Moore being given an opportunity to manage, a Jamaican international and someone who has been waiting for an opportunity.
“We will have to wait and see if he wants the job [permanently], but it’s been a huge benefit not just to him but also for the [Caribbean] region.”
Roberts, who played alongside Moore from 2001 to 2004, said the former defender’s strong start is helping black managers seeking opportunities.
Moore is one of only four black managers at the helm of the 92 Premier League Sky Bet Football League clubs.
The others are Chris Hughton at top-flight Brighton & Hove Albion, Keith Curle with Reggie Lambe’s Carlisle United and Chris Powell at Southend United.
“There are historical situations and reasons as to why there’s been a lack of black managers through our game in the UK,” said Roberts, the nephew of West Brom legend Cyrille Regis, who died in January.
“I think there are still issues and hopefully Darren can be a beacon to take on those challenges by showing what he can do as a manager.
“He epitomises everything good about West Brom and I hope he will do a great job.
“I think he’s showing what can happen with patience and continued work hard.”
Moore, 44, has been coaching at The Hawthorns since 2012 and was promoted to first-team coach by Pardew last year.
And Roberts, who won 12 caps for Grenada, believes there is a cast iron case for him to be appointed to the top position.
“There’s no doubt that a moment of reflection has to be had now,” said Roberts, who scored 27 goals in 86 Albion appearances. “Tony Pulis provided a lot of success albeit in a certain way. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for Alan Pardew.”