London - Pepe Mel has left West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent after just
four months in charge of the English Premier League club, the Midlands
side have announced on Monday.
The Spanish manager only arrived at the
Hawthorns in January after being chosen as the full-time successor to
Steve Clarke, sacked in January.
"Both Pepe and the club set out
with the best intentions of making the appointment work," said West Brom
sporting and technical director Richard Garlick in a club statement.
having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks,
it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for
there to be an amicable parting."
Garlick added: "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."
Mel's brief reign saw the Baggies
retain their Premier League status, albeit they finished just three
points above the bottom three after a 2-1 home defeat by Stoke City on
Sunday's final day of the season.
The former Real Betis coach
signed an 18-month contract when he took charge of West Brom but,
initially, his arrival had little impact upon the club's results.
wasn't until Mel's eighth game in charge that the Baggies won under the
Spaniard and he enjoyed just one victory at The Hawthorns, while his
time with the club was overshadowed by the Nicolas Anelka affair that
saw the former France striker sacked by West Brom for his on-field use
of the 'quenelle' -- a gesture associated with anti-Semitism.
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," Garlick said.
"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
Assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper
coach Dean Kiely are set to remain in their current posts, although
first-team coach David Gomez has left the club.