More Darren Moore backing from former Sheffield Wednesday star as Barry Bannan tipped to ‘rip up’ League One
Clinton Morrison has backed Darren Moore to make a success of his time at Sheffield Wednesday, and thinks the Owls can get straight back up into the Championship.
Morrison was part of the Wednesday side that managed to climb out of League One back in 2011/12, playing 19 league games that season whilst also spending some time out on loan with MK Dons and Brentford respectively.
The former Birmingham City and Crystal Palace attacker has urged Dejphon Chansiri to give the Owls boss the backing that he needs in order to make a success of the campaign ahead, insisting that they do have the right man in the job in order to bounce straight back.
Speaking to the media after playing his part in a 6-6 thriller between Wednesday’s legends and Doncaster Rover legends, Morrison said, "It is disappointing the club went down but I am 100 percent confident Darren Moore will take them back at the first attempt… It is only what I think. A lot of people might read this and think 'he's only saying that because I am his mate' but I think he's a good manager.
"I saw what Darren did at WBA. He did ever so well and should not have lost his job there. He was doing a great job at Doncaster and I think most Doncaster fans would say to you if he had stayed there they would have definitely got into the play-offs and maybe had a chance of going up.
"I think he will do a superb job at Sheffield Wednesday. I'm glad he's over COVID because it was a terrible situation not to have him around… Wednesday nearly stayed up last season. They have to keep going and I believe they will bounce back. A club the size of Sheffield Wednesday should not be playing in League One.
"The points deduction didn't help and I think maybe Darren Moore could have come in a bit earlier and they might have stayed up. It's all ifs and buts.
"What has got to happen is they have got to get the right players in. Obviously, players will leave but they have to keep the core of the group… I have seen Barry Bannan has signed a new contract. He will rip up League One. He's a superb player.”
Morrison also went on to speak about Moore’s assistant, Jamie Smith, with whom he played at Palace in the late 1990s and early 2000s, backing him to play his part.
The 42-year-old said, "There's a lot of talent in the squad and I think they have got the right manager in Darren Moore. I know Jamie Smith, Darren's assistant, personally so I believe Sheffield Wednesday will bounce back.
"I think pre-season will help give Darren Moore time on the pitch with the players to implement his style of play.”
Wednesday won the Eve Merton Dreams Trust game on penalties after it ended 6-6 after 90 minutes, with Morrison coming on for the second half.