How it all happened and what about backroom staff? Detail as Darren Moore is appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss

The nature of Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat at Luton Town was not the catalyst for the Owls’ appointment of new manager Darren Moore, The Star understands.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 9:44 am

Wednesday first approached Doncaster Rovers for permission to speak to Moore on Friday, the day before they surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead to fall to a 3-2 defeat, their fourth on the spin in what is becoming an increasingly fraught Championship relegation battle.

The dramatic defeat may well have accelerated matters, however, and Rovers were told of Moore’s interest in speaking with the Owls on Sunday morning. Things moved quickly and talks took place yesterday afternoon.

A six-figure compensation package has been agreed for Moore, who has Premier League management experience on his CV at West Brom.

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Darren Moore is the new manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

His assistant at Doncaster, Jamie Smith, will join the 46-year-old in the Hillsborough dugout though it is as of yet unclear whether Moore is intending to make any further backroom appointments.

Moore’s was a name fleetingly linked with the Wednesday role much earlier in the process and was said to be intrigued by the prospect of managing such a big club, though no firm approach was forthcoming until the last few days.

He leaves Doncaster sixth in League One to join a fierce relegation battle with Wednesday, who are second-bottom of the second tier, six points shy of safety.

Wednesday are training today. Moore and Smith are expected to meet the Owls players and take training with the first team at Middlewood Road this afternoon ahead of their vital clash with Rotherham United on Wednesday evening.

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