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Football: West Brom name Pepe Mel as new coach

Published on Jan 10, 2014 6:09 AM
Real Betis' coach Pepe Mel reacts during the Europa League soccer match against Vitoria Guimaraes in Seville on Oct 24, 2013. West Bromwich Albion appointed former Mel as their new head coach on Jan 9, 2014, the English Premier League club announced. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - West Bromwich Albion appointed former Real Betis boss Pepe Mel as their new head coach on Thursday, the English Premier League club announced.

The 50-year-old Spaniard replaced Steve Clarke, sacked last month after a 1-0 defeat by Cardiff City left Albion two points off the relegation places.

But, under caretaker manager Keith Downing, the Baggies are currently four points above the bottom three.

Mel himself was sacked by Betis last month, with a 4-0 defeat by local rivals Sevilla helping seal his fate as the club failed to make good on last season's seventh-placed La Liga finish which took them into the Europa League.

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