Did sacked Sheffield Wednesday manager turn down West Brom job?

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West Bromwich Albion have now announced former Real Betis manager Pepe Mel as their new head coach on an 18-month deal, but was he their first choice?

After Mel's sacking at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, he quickly found himself linked to the post at the Hawthorns, but this was later ruled out by Sky Sport sources before an apparent U-turn.

The job description was thoroughly thought out by the decision makers at the club, indicating they wanted someone to work within their current structure.

After being initially ruled out for the post, it came as quite a shock to the some when the 50-year-old was finally appointed. A perhaps a bizarre claim by a Sky Sports journalist indicates that he may actually have been second choice behind sacked Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones.

Dave Jones did get Sheffield Wednesday promoted from League One, however, past that point he struggled to do anything other than survive in the Championship.

Although he is still well known for his 'nearly' moments at Cardiff and relatively respected for his years there, you would have thought an opportunity to manage in the Premier League would have been one he snapped your hands off for.

There were whispers of him possibly joining the Baggies as manager as his odds for the job were chopped from 100/1 to 6/1 seemingly overnight. And I really cannot understand why he would turn the offer down, even if the money on offer was poor.

For West Brom fans it is a bullet dodged, because despite being sacked this season for taking Betis to last place in the division, Pepe Mel performed miracles last season helping them qualify for the Europa League competition.

Proving that he does have some tactical nous and a fresh start could be just what the doctor ordered. If he can emulate former La Liga bosses Mauro Pochettino and Michael Laudrup's success in the Premier League, the Baggies will have chosen well, after all.

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