WEST BROM boss Pepe Mel will demand assurances over the club’s future plans when he heads into showdown talks with chairman Jeremy Peace early this week.
Mel’s future at The Hawthorns is in doubt after a poor Premier League campaign which petered out with a 2-1 defeat by Stoke yesterday.
Gareth McAuley’s unfortunate 22nd-minute own goal gave the Potters an early lead and, despite Stephane Sessegnon’s sweet 56th-minute equaliser, substitute Charlie Adam won the game for the visitors with three minutes to go.
While Baggies officials still need convincing of the merits of extending Mel’s contract, it is far from a one-way process with the Spaniard also adamant the club must look to learn from its mistakes.
Mel said: “I am going to listen to the chairman to find out what he wants for the future. Ten players are out of contract and we will need eight or nine players to come in.
“West Brom still have time to decide whether or not they want next season to be one as full of as many problems as this one.”
Mel gave a qualified answer to the question of whether he wished to stay at the club given reported interest from elsewhere.
“Yes - but only in the knowledge that we have lots of possibilities to compete,” he added. “I think this season is a big lesson for West Brom. We have to ask why West Brom have had so many problems this year - three different head coaches and three different players - and we have to solve this in the summer.”