Bellew stunned by Moore exit, understands Durham claim

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Former professional boxer Tony Bellew shared that he thought West Brom’s decision to part company with manager Darren Moore didn’t look good any way you looked at it.

The known Everton fan shared that if West Brom sacked their boss due to poor home form, then that was wrong as he wouldn’t care if his club were terrible at home if they still ended up sitting fourth in the league.

Bellew also responded to talkSPORT’s host Adrian Durham’s claim that unconscious racism was a factor in West Brom sacking Moore and the boxer said after thinking about it, he thought the broadcaster made several valid points.

“Tbh when I first seen this I thought what has race got to do with his sacking BUT when you listen to this and understand what they are saying he makes very valid points! The WBA hierarchy need to take a good look at themselves imo. Sitting in 4th place and won 8 of last 10 away,” tweeted Bellew on his personal Twitter account.

“The more you listen to the clubs actual fans on here the more you realise that there not happy with the home form and all around play.I’ll be honest I wouldn’t care what was going on if my club was sitting in the top 4 and 3 points clear of 5th place! Either way doesn’t look good.”


Durham’s view on West Brom sacking Moore was certainly divisive as not only did he reference race being a factor, he also claimed that the Baggies were forced to hire the manager due to how he impressed last season. The broadcaster’s claim was very bold and has drawn a lot of attention. Yet while it was a surprise West Brom sacked Moore with the club sat fourth, it’s still hard to believe race played a part in the decision even if it was subconscious.  The Baggies have a terrible record at the Hawthorns and don’t look like getting automatic promotion this season. It seems more likely that the Championship club thought finishing in the top two should have been an easy task given their squad and sacked Moore as a result. However if that was indeed the reasoning behind the decision, then it would have been a case of the club’s hierarchy underestimating how difficult the Championship is. Anyone can beat anyone in that division and just because you were playing in the Premier League last season, it doesn’t mean it will be a cake walk playing in a lower league.

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