West Brom and Pepe Mel have parted ways by ‘mutual consent’ just five months after signing and 18-month contract.

The Spaniard replaced Steve Clarke as Baggies manager in January this year, but struggled to really adapt to life in England.

Mel managed just three wins from his 17 league games in charge at the Hawthorns, which is believed to be one of the main reasons behind his departure.

West Brom’s technical director Richard Garlick told talkSPORT: “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 finished the season just a place and three points above the drop zone following their 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City on the final day of the campaign.

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