West Bromich Albion, have this afternoon announced that the club have parted company with manager Pepe Mel, who was only in charge of the Midlands club for just four months.
The 51-year-old, who succeeded Steve Clarke as manager-when the Baggies sat 14th place, won only three of his 17 games in charge, finishing just three points above the relegation zone in 17th.
The former Real Betis manager, who signed an 18-month contract with the club back in January, had come under increasing pressure from the Baggies faithful, but the 2-1 home loss to Stoke City on the final day of the season spelt the end of the road for the Spaniard.
Sporting and technical director at West Brom, Richard Garlick, told the club website: “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.”
The club have confirmed that both Assistant Head Coach Keith Downing and Goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely will remain in their positions.
Garlick added: “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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