The Spaniard has endured a difficult start at The Hawthorns and is already under pressure
West Bromwich Albion appointed Pepe Mel on the 9th January after surprisingly sacking Steve Clarke a few weeks before.
Clarke had led them to a eighth place finish last season, but the board had felt they should be performing better given their current squad. However six games into Mel's reign, and there are already question marks over his future. From his six games The Baggies have only gained four points and have yet to win with the former Real Betis manager in charge.
It is now believed that the players at the club have lost whatever little faith they had in Mel - and want Keith Browning and Dean Kiely to take charge until the end of the season.
Clubs often switch around managers in order to give the club a boost and so often it occurs as soon as the new manager takes charge. Gustavo Poyet and Tony Pulis had remarkable impacts at Sunderland and Crystal Palace immediately. They have galvanised their club's form, and given that both looked certainties for relegation when they took over, they now have a great chance of surviving. However Poyet and Pulis had managed in England before, and knew the English game well and could get straight into work.
This is Mel's first job in England and it will obviously take time for him to get used to the English game. He has tried to incorporate a high tempo pressing game at The Hawthorns and it is thought the players are not settled with the new tactics yet. In this day and age, boards aren't afraid to make a swift change to protect the club's long-term future. With the television rights bigger than ever in the Premier League it is essential for some club's to avoid relegation. They believe that spending money chopping and changing now is worth it if the club can avoid the dreaded drop.
It gives manager's little time to bed in, and they are expected to make an immediate impact. However Pepe Mel is still grasping the language and has faced three of the top six already; in which he managed a draw against all three (Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea).
I believe West Brom looked at Southampton; a similar sized club, and thought that why can't we be performing as well as them. Southampton had a great start to the season, and play great, attractive football under Mauricio Pochettino, another manager to have learnt his trade in Spain. West Brom went for a Spanish manager as well, trying a similar style of football, but the players have yet to take to it.
Mel hasn't done a bad job, far from it, but in this day and age the points are needed more than ever, and if that means sacking a couple of managers a season in order to survive, then clubs will do it.
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