Register Login Live


Mel New West Brom Boss

Pepe Mel was last night appointed the new boss of West Bromwich Albion – strangely two weeks after he initially rejected the job.

The position has been vacant since former manager, Steve Clarke, got sacked after they lost to Cardiff City on December 14.

The Spaniard finally agreed to a 18-months deal, despite being refused permission to bring in two back-room staff members.

Instead, Mel has been told he must work with Keith Downing and Dean Kiely, who have taken charge for the last five matches in a caretaker capacity.

Mel has worked for Getafe, Tenerife, Alaves and Real Betis before, but got sacked by the latter last month after a miserable run of results.

Baggies sporting and technical director, Richard Garlic, said: "I am 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.

"He is a forward thinking coach whose teams are renowned for playing an attractive and positive style of football."

The search for a Clarke successor even connected Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, with the vacant position, but the Premier League club have now opted for the 50-year-old Spaniard.

Caretaker coaches Downing and Kiely, who guided the Baggies through an undefeated Christmas period, will stay in charge for Saturday’s trip to Southampton and Mel will start his work in the beginning of the new week.

How relieved are our Amakhosi fans that Stuart Baxter stays in Mzansi and can Pepe Mel turn the tide for West Brom?

Have your say in the comment section below.

Pep Pummels Barca Prez

Pepe Rescues A Point For Wasteful Madrid

Di Maria And Pepe Cool Exit Talk


Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

275 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

54 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

48 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

35 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Chiefs Unveil New Home & Away Kits

59 Aug 01, 2021 08:34 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Katsande To Bounce Back In New Colours?

33 Aug 02, 2021 07:04 PM in PSL

Swallows Confirm ‘Big Fish’ Signing

22 Aug 02, 2021 05:09 PM in PSL

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates