Darren Moore becomes Blackburn Rovers first-team coach

Darren Moore

Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton has added former West Bromwich Albion team-mate Darren Moore to his coaching staff at Ewood Park.

Moore, 38, accepted the position of first-team coach following talks with Appleton at the weekend.

Managing director Derek Shaw confirmed to BBC Radio Lancashire that Moore, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal, began his new role on Tuesday.

He had been a youth coach at Albion following a 20-year playing career.

The Birmingham-born centre-back

In all, he made 670 professional appearances and his former clubs also included Doncaster, Bradford City, Portsmouth, Derby and Barnsley.

"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," Moore told the club website.external-link

"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."

Albion's sporting & technical director Richard Garlick said of Moore's departure: "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."