Monday 18 December 2017

Baggies confident 'forward-thinking' boss Mel can thrive

West Brom have confirmed Pepe Mel as their new head coach
West Brom have confirmed Pepe Mel as their new head coach

West Brom have confirmed Pepe Mel as their new head coach on an 18-month contract.

The 50-year-old Spaniard moves to the Hawthorns as a permanent replacement for Steve Clarke, who was sacked last month. Mel's most recent job was with Real Betis, who dispensed of his services on December 2.

Mel's greatest crime in Andalucia was to fail to live up to the success of last season, with a seventh-placed finish earning them a Europa League spot.

A heavy 4-0 loss to rivals Sevilla essentially sealed his fate, but he has been out of work for less than six weeks, with the Baggies identifying him as the man they wanted.

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "I'm delighted to welcome Pepe to the club. He is a forward-thinking coach whose teams are renowned for playing an attractive and positive style of football."

Keith Downing and Dean Kiely, who have led the Baggies with some credit for the five games since Clarke's departure, are to assist Mel, whose coaching CV also lists the likes of Alaves and Getafe.

Irish Independent

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