According to Sky Sports, West Bromwich Albion have appointed Pepe Mel as their new manager on an 18-month contract.

The former Real Betis boss will now be the permanent replacement for Steve Clark who was sacked last month.

He will however not be taking charge of the Baggies’ trip to Southampton this weekend but will instead start his first game against Everton a week from Monday.

Mel’s team will include current interim manager Keith Downing as assistant and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely as Mel will watch from the stands during Saturday’s game.

West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick told West Brom’s official website: “I’m 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.

“Pepe was a strong contender from the outset due to his impressive achievements and has emerged as our number one candidate.

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

Mel was sacked by Real Betis in December after 3 years in charge where he got them promoted on his first year before then leading them to Europa League qualification last season.

In his 14 year career Mel also had spells at other clubs, which included Tenerife, Alaves and Rayo Vallecano.

 

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