The Spaniard has had a tough introduction to Premier League football (©GettyImages)
The Spaniard has had a tough introduction to Premier League football (©GettyImages).

West Brom manager in line for shock sacking?

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West Brom manager Pepe Mel is facing the chop, after only being in the job for 44 days, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Spaniard took over in January, but after failing to win in his six Premier League games so far, West Brom find themselves firmly in the relegation scrap.

The Mirror reports that the 50-year-old former Real Betis coach has two games to save his season. West Brom face Manchester United on March 8, before meeting with Swansea on the 15th that could decide his fate.

The Spaniard has lost the faith of several first team players, who would like Keith Downing and Dean Kiely to come back in charge. The pair had a successful spell over Christmas when they took the reins as caretaker boss when Steve Clarke left the club.

First team players are said to be wary of director of technical performance and scouting Dave McDonough. He has been appointed as Mel's interpreter on the training ground, due to Mel's lack of English. The first team stars are suspicious of McDonough as they feel he is working as a mole for chairman Jeremy Peace.

The lack of cohesion in the dressing room is also a worry for Mel. Members of the first team who played in last year's best ever finish for the club feel that the new signings haven't managed to fit into the squad.

It could get worse today for West Brom fans as striker Nicholas Anelka is set to find out if he will face punishment for his  now infamous 'quenelle' celebration.

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