West Brom bought in Pepe Mel as the replacement for Steve Clarke only a few weeks ago, but results have not improved following his arrival and the club are continuously slipping towards the drop zone. This could force the club into taking an action, according to the manager himself.
Apart from a crucial 1-1 draw against Chelsea, Mel has not achieved the kind of results people expected him to do after his arrival. He came with a reputation of doing well with mid-table teams like Real Betis in Spain. The Spaniard has now admitted that he could face the same fate as former Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, who was sacked just a few weeks after coming on as the replacement for Martin Jol.
Premier league survival is expected to be worth as much as £ 122 million, which has led to many teams making quickfire decisions in order to ensure that their team stays up to the end of the season. After being in the Premier league for the last few years, West Brom will certainly not one to go down at a time when the new TV deal comes in.
Prior to becoming an established Premier league outfit, West Brom have been moving up and down between the top two divisions. Mel has said that coaches can no longer expect the longevity that the likes of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger enjoyed, whilst also tipping fans to bet on Brazil World Cup 2014 qualifying groups with William Hill.
“Our work is dangerous. It’s the same in every country. When I left Real Betis, the next coach only had 40 days. It’s the same. In Spain people say England is different because Sir Alex Ferguson had 26 years. But Ferguson is only one person and Arsene Wenger is the only other one like him. Football is the same everywhere. If the team does not win, the first person who loses work is the coach,” said Mel.