(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore expects a “gruelling” campaign in the Championship next season but believes his experience of playing in the second-tier will benefit his players.
Moore’s impressive run as caretaker boss in the final six games of the season was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing campaign for West Brom as they finished bottom of the Premier League.
The 44-year-old was appointed manager on a permanent basis last week.
“I’m extremely proud,” Moore told a news conference on Monday. “I accepted the offer instantly. I’m really looking forward to the job ahead.
“I got my head down, worked extremely hard for the six or so weeks in charge. I explained to you all that it was six games, everyone approached it with the same work rate, same manner, same intensity and I was delighted with the results we got.”
Former defender Moore made 104 appearances during his five years at West Brom between 2001 and 2006, twice helping them gain promotion to the top flight.
He hopes to use his experience as the club look to climb straight back into the Premier League.
“The Championship is a very tough, gruelling, relentless league with many challenges to overcome and I am very much looking forward to it,” Moore added.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the league again because I previously played a lot of games there. I know the challenges that lie ahead.
“The ultimate ambition is definitely to keep the club moving forward, to turn around and say it’s promotion, there’s another 23 clubs... everybody’s vying for that special prize and we’re no different to the other clubs in the championship.”
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond