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Pepe Mel Leaves West Bromwich Albion by Mutual Consent

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Pepe Mel manager of West Bromwich Albion (L) looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City at The Hawthorns on May 11, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Liam NewmanContributor IMay 12, 2014

West Bromwich Albion have announced that they've parted company with manager Pepe Mel with immediate effect.

The decision brings an end to the 51-year-old's four-month spell with the club. Mel had been appointed as Steve Clarke's successor on January 13.

West Brom's announcement, which was made via the club's official website, came with a statement from the sporting and technical director Richard Garlick:

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.

Mel's time with the Baggies was turbulent to say the least, leading the Hawthorns club to just three victories during his 17-game spell with the club. His stint with the club ended with Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.

According to BBC Sport, Mel was fighting for his future after just six games in charge, and those questions regarding his future continued throughout the campaign.

However, the Spaniard was able to successfully guide the Midlands club to Premier League survival as the Baggies finished in 17th position. Nevertheless, Mel's time in England was certainly problematic and this announcement will come with little surprise.

West Brom have yet to make any announcement on Mel's replacement.

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