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West Bromwich Albion have announced that they have parted company with manager Pepe Mel by mutual consent, according to BBC Sport.

The former Real Betis manager arrived at the Hawthorns after Steve Clarke was sacked by the club in December. The West-Midlands club managed to avoid relegation finishing three points above 18th placed Norwich City.

Under Mel, West Brom managed to win only three of the 17 games who was in charge of, drawing six and losing eight. After Mel had discussions with the West Brom board all parties decided it was in the best interest of the club that he leave the club.

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "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."

West Brom have also parted company with David Gomez but have kept assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely will remain in their current roles. The club will now look for a new manager with Garlick saying the club will be more competitive next season.

Garlick added: "Although we have managed to achieve a fifth successive season of Premier League football, it has been a very disappointing campaign and lessons have been learned.

"The search for a new head coach has now begun. We aim to find the most suitable candidate who, with the support of the structure we have had in place for six years and are presently strengthening, will enable the club to be more competitive next season."

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