The former Manchester United man was huge for West Brom, but he has now joined Stoke City on a free transfer.
West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher
With West Bromwich Albion fans still frustrated that their captain Darren Fletcher left to join Stoke City on a free transfer, they can take solace from the fact that the players are also aggrieved - namely Gareth McAuley, as reported by the Birmingham Mail, and really, he has every right to be.
How Fletcher wasn't tied down at West Brom is a mystery, with the former Manchester United man playing in all 38 Premier League fixtures for the Baggies last season, 37 of which were starts, and the 33-year-old also scoring twice and assisting on three occasions.
The fact that Fletcher has, in essence, taken a sideways step to join Stoke must rankle West Brom fans, as there is nothing Mark Hughes can offer the experienced midfielder that West Brom couldn't - the Potters finished one point behind Pulis' side and didn't exactly set the cup competitions alight, either.
It's fair to say the move hasn't gone down well, and now that a highly respected player like McAuley has gone on record to express his disappointment, at least Baggies fans may not feel alone in their grief.
“Fletch was a big, big player for us on and off the pitch," McAuley said, as reported by the Birmingham Mail. "He was our captain and I was a little disappointed he has moved on but people come and go in football all the time and I am sure the club will work hard to try and find a suitable replacement.”
West Brom manager Tony Pulis
Quite how West Brom replace Fletcher remains to be seen, and fans may be expecting Pulis to sanction an eight figure bid for a player capable of filling in for the 33-year-old, though whether his replacement will be half as good remains to be seen.
Given his age, it was always inevitable that Fletcher would leave the Hawthorns at some point - be it through retirement or gradually being worked out of the team - but to lose a key player for nothing to a divisional rival must hurt, and it's little wonder that McAuley is aggrieved
West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring their first goal with Chris Brunt