‘Disappointed’ Doncaster Rovers comment on Darren Moore’s exit for Sheffield Wednesday

Doncaster Rovers are ‘disappointed’ about Darren Moore’s exit for Sheffield Wednesday during what they call ‘a season full of promise’.

By Joe Crann
Monday, 1st March 2021, 10:13 am
Darren Moore has been appointed as the new Sheffield Wednesday manager. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Darren Moore has been appointed as the new Sheffield Wednesday manager. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Moore was confirmed as the new Owls manager on Monday morning after The Star revealed that talks had taken place, with the 46-year-old agreeing to take on the monumental task of trying to keep Wednesday in the Championship this season.

In taking the job, he left Rovers in a good position in League One – in sixth place with a very real shot at promotion via the Play-Offs come the end of the campaign.

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It was since been revealed that Andy Butler has been put in charge for the remainder of the campaign as they seek to secure a top six finish, but there’s no doubt that Moore’s exit will leave a mark.

Doncaster’s Chairman, David Blunt, said on their official website, “We are disappointed that Darren has chosen to leave the club part way through what has been a season full of promise.

"We have made significant efforts to support Darren over the past 18-months and ensure he was able to build a team capable of challenging in the top six. This has included supporting him through the past two transfer windows despite the difficult financial circumstances.

"Our ambitions remain to achieve a top six finish and we hope and expect that Andy will use this time to put himself in the prime position to secure the role on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Andy’s first priority will be to halt the team's recent run of poor form and put our season back on track.”

Meanwhile, they also confirmed that Moore’s assistant, Jamie Smith, has left the club with immediate effect as he looks set to join him at Hillsborough.

Moore is expected to take his first training session today as well as face the media for the first time this afternoon before taking his place on the bench at Hillsborough for the first time on Wednesday evening against Rotherham United.

SWFC are currently six points away from climbing out of the relegation zone, however do have one game in hand on 21st-placed Birmingham City.