BREAKING: Darren Moore leaves Doncaster Rovers for Sheffield Wednesday, Andy Butler appointed new boss
Darren Moore has left Doncaster Rovers to take charge of crisis-hit neighbours Sheffield Wednesday, with Andy Butler taking the reins at the Keepmoat until the end of the season.
Moore departs the Keepmoat after 19 months in charge and with Rovers sitting sixth in League One.
And he joins a Wednesday side sitting in the Championship relegation zone, six points from safety having lost their last four matches.
Assistant manager Jamie Smith has also switched to Hillsborough with a significant six figure compensation fee agreed for the pair.
Rovers chairman David Blunt said: “We are disappointed that Darren has chosen to leave the club part way through what has been a season full of promise.
"We have made significant efforts to support Darren over the past 18-months and ensure he was able to build a team capable of challenging in the top six. This has included supporting him through the past two transfer windows despite the difficult financial circumstances.
"Our ambitions remain to achieve a top six finish and we hope and expect that Andy will use this time to put himself in the prime position to secure the role on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Andy’s first priority will be to halt the team's recent run of poor form and put our season back on track.”
The Owls made an approach to Rovers to speak to Moore on Friday, ahead of the clash with Ipswich Town on Saturday. Moore was informed of the interest and asked for his thoughts.
Rovers were informed by Moore’s representative on Saturday morning that he wished to speak to Wednesday and had decided to take the job by Sunday evening.
Wednesday have been without a permanent manager since the controversial sacking of Tony Pulis in December, with Neil Thompson appointed on an interim basis.