West Brom have been without a manager since December the 14th after sacking Steve Clarke, but their search was ended yesterday as Pepe Mel signed on to take charge at the Hawthorns.
Mel takes control of the struggling baggies after being sacked by La Liga Club Real Betis in December, after 3 years with Los Verdiblancos, in his time getting them promoted back to La Liga and finishing 7th in their return to the top flight.
West Brom Director Richard Garlick confirmed the news last night, stating: "I'm delighted to welcome Pepe to the club.
"His appointment concludes an extensive recruitment process during which we have cast the net far and wide to identify the most suitable candidate to take the club forward."
Mel’s sacking in Spain came after a run of eight losses on the bounce, but only after having some of his best players sold the previous summer.
If Mel continues where he left off at Betis the fans at the Hawthorns can expect an exciting new year.
The move also comes with plenty of time left in the transfer window for the Baggies to strengthen were required.
Spanish football analyst Guillem Balague was asked about Mel by Sky Sports, declaring: "Not only has he impressed with the tactics and the style, he's done it with not much money. He can deal with budgets, he can play good football and his personality shines through.
"Saving West Brom will be the main target but having given him a contract for a year-and-a-half, I doubt that will be the only target; it will be about creating a foundation to play good football.”
Mel's first chance to see his new charges in action comes tomorrow against Southampton, with Premier League points up for grabs.
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