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West Brom part company with Pepe Mel


West Bromwich Albion have parted company with Pepe Mel after four months as the Premier League club's manager.

The 51-year-old Spaniard won just three of his 17 matches in charge as West Brom finished 17th, three points above the relegation zone.

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said the decision took into account events "on and off the field".

The club were 14th when Mel signed an 18-month contract to succeed Steve Clarke in January.

Mel admitted on 9 May his future was in doubt, saying: "I'll meet with the chairman and see if the vision he has for the club is the same as mine."

The club then suffered a 2-1 home defeat by Stoke on Sunday to finish off what Garlick described as a "very disappointing campaign".

He added: "We would like to thank Pepe for his efforts over the past four months in helping to keep the club in the Premier League and wish him well for the future.

"Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work. However, having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks today, it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting.

"We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division."



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