West Bromwich Albion announce it has ended its months old ties with manager Pepe Mel by mutual consent, following talks between the Board of Directors and the Head Coach today.
The Spaniard, who took charge in January, won three, drew six and lost eight of the seventeen Premier League matches under his charge, as the Baggies all but endured a disappointing season and finished 17th in the table.
Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick felt the club has been left with no option but to part company with Mel.
“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.
Fellow Spaniard, David Gomez, who joined the club’s coaching crew following Mel’s appointment, has also left the Hawthorns.
Assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper trainer Dean Kiely are to remain in their position.
The club aims to be more competitive in the coming season and adds that the “search for a new Head Coach has now begun”.