Ex-West Brom, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and Derby County man shock favourite for managerial vacancy

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Ex-West Brom manager and player Darren Moore has been out of work since leaving Sheffield Wednesday

Former West Brom manager and player Darren Moore is the odds-on favourite to take over at National League side York City, according to the bookmakers.

Moore has been out of work since surprisingly leaving Sheffield Wednesday earlier this summer. He had guided the club back into the Championship via the League One play-offs.

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The Owls finished third in the third tier last term despite earning 96 points from their 46 games - the most ever a side has claimed and not been promoted automatically.

As things stand, he is 1/2 favourite to become the next manager of York City after they parted company with Mikey Morton on Monday evening.

The Minstermen sit second bottom of the National League with three points from their opening six games and are only kept off the bottom due to a points deduction for 24th-placed Southend United.

A club statement read: “York City FC has this evening parted company with first team manager Mikey Morton. The club has reluctantly taken the decision to relieve Mikey Morton of his duties. The club wishes to place on record its sincere thanks to Mikey for his work, passion, and commitment since joining the club in February.

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“We wish Mikey every success in his future career, and he will always be welcome back at the LNER community stadium. The club see Mikey as an asset and have offered him a role internally so await his decision. The club will now begin the process of recruiting a new first team manager. In the meantime, assistant Manager Tony McMahon will take charge of the first team supported by first team staff.”

Moore spent five years at the Hawthorns during his playing days between 2001 and 2006 and also had spells with the likes of Portsmouth, Bradford City, Barnsley and Derby County.

His first job in management was with the Baggies as he took charge in April 2018 following Alan Pardew’s sacking. He won Premier League Manager of the Month for April 2018 as West Brom went unbeaten - which included a 1-0 win at Manchester United.

West Brom were relegated in May but Moore was given the job permanently due to the club being 10 points from safety when Pardew left. He was surprisingly sacked 10 games into the new Championship season despite the club sitting fourth in the table. He joined Doncaster Rovers the following summer before moving to Sheffield Wednesday in March 2021.

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