Big comeback for former Reggae Boy Moore in English League One
Former Reggae Boy Darren Moore is on the brink of the biggest achievement of his managerial career after overseeing Sheffield Wednesday's passage to the League One play-off final in a dramatic manner.
Trailing 4-0 to Peterborough after the first leg, Sheffield Wednesday came storming back to win the tie 5-3 on penalties after the second leg finished 5-1 after extra time and tied 5-5 on aggregate.
It came a week after Moore was subjected to racial abuse on social media following the heavy first-leg defeat, which resulted in the perpetrator being banned from the club for life.
Moore praised their resilience and fight but was also complimentary to his opponents on a special night for football.
"I thank Peterborough for the game because they were part of it. What we have done has not sunk in yet, because it has been a remarkable night for football. A real never-say-die by the boys," Moore told Sky Sports. "We prepared all week. We planned after the first leg and changed our mindset, and there was a real belief."
Moore took over the head coach job in March 2021, and while he failed to prevent their relegation to the Championship that year, he has taken them to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
Sheffield's captain Barry Banna dedicated the win to Moore after the racial abuse he suffered.
"What he's done in the last week has been unbelievable, to turn around this mindset of the players. He had a massive job to turn this around, and he's done unbelievable," Banna told Sky Sports. "I'm so proud of him and how he has handled this week after the racism he received. That shouldn't be anywhere near football, never mind a manager that's won 96 points this season, so that's one for him."
Moore was one of the nominees for the EFL League One Manager of the Season after finishing in third place with 96 points, missing out on automatic promotion to the EFL Championship.