NEIL Harris said West Brom’s sacking of Darren Moore surprised him – but he’s wary of their recent results heading into Saturday’s game at The Den.
Moore almost pulled off a miracle after he was appointed with six games left last season with the Baggies 10 points adrift of safety in the Premier League before their penultimate-day 1-0 defeat of Spurs left them just two points off Southampton in 17th.
The Saints won their game in hand to confirm West Brom’s relegation but Moore was handed the job on a permanent basis in the summer and had his side fourth in the Championship when he was sacked in March.
James Shan took over in a caretaker role and West Brom have won their three games under him. They are 11 points above seventh-place Derby and six behind Leeds in the second automatic promotion spot.
Harris believes the Baggies could still go straight back up after their results since Moore left.
“I was hugely shocked because of the league position and when Daz took over they were in a really horrible period, and he almost helped them escape relegation from the Premier League,” Harris said.
“You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, you don’t know what’s being said or what’s happened.
“But when you look at the facts it was a surprise.
“He’s a good man and a good football man, and has that club at heart.
“But Jimmy’s come in for three games and won three games, so he can only do what he can do. It makes them a difficult proposition, playing against a team that’s got recent results.
“Having watched the three games I wouldn’t necessarily say that they deserved nine points but they’ve got them.
“It’s two teams that need the points Saturday. West Brom will think they’ve possibly got an outside chance of finishing second but they’ll certainly be looking to take good form into the play-offs when they’re there.
“We need points because we’re scrapping for our lives.
“Three things are key at the weekend: Who gets some luck; who wants it more; and who plays well on the day individually.
“They’re the areas we’ll be trying to come out on top.”
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