FORMER Burton Albion club captain Darren Moore has been appointed first-team coach at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
The ex-Derby County defender, 38, will join his one-time West Bromwich Albion team-mate Michael Appleton, who was appointed Rovers’ manager earlier this month, on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Moore, who started his duties yesterday, said: “When Michael asked me to come up here and be part of his staff, I was really excited and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside him and the challenges that lie ahead.
“He’s someone that I’ve believed in from day one. He’s got excellent tactical awareness for the game and his all-round manner is perfect for the football club.”
Moore had been a youth coach with the Baggies following a 20-year playing career that saw him make 670 professional appearances for the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City, Portsmouth and Barnsley, as well as West Brom, the Brewers and the Rams.
The Pirelli Stadium was his last home as a player, after being signed by former boss and Derby team-mate Paul Peschisolido.
He was the club’s top earner but started fewer than half of the 83 league and cup ties played by the Brewers during his time there.
Moore left Albion last February after agreeing a settlement on a contract that was due to run until June of that year.
since he was signed on a free transfer from Championship side Barnsley in May, 2010.
West Brom sporting & technical director Richard Garlick said: “Darren was a terrific servant to the club during his playing days and it’s been great to have him back working within the academy.
“We didn’t want to lose Darren but can understand why he wanted to pursue Blackburn’s interest and we wish him and Michael all the best at Ewood Park.”