The rumours regarding Pepe Mel's long-term future at West Bromwich Albion had been flying around for the majority of his tenure. Today the club have confirmed that the Spaniard has left the club.
The timing of the announcement is interesting with the club almost hoping the news would go under the radar. The news was released within the same hour as Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad announcement and the media will mainly be focusing on that news.
Pepe Mel only joined the club in January following the departure of Steve Clarke who had previously led the club to their highest ever finish last season (8th). This season didn't start off as well but you must take into consideration that they had lost their top goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku.
By the turn of the year the club were in a relegation battle and Mel's remit must have been first and foremost to keep the club in the top flight which he did. From his 17 Premier League matches, he yielded three wins, six draws and eight defeats. The sacking is a rather strange one but as was his appointment at the time.
Pepe Mel was a likeable character and the West Brom fans became very fond of him as shown by the reaction to his sacking on Twitter.
Pepe Mel brought in to keep WBA in the Prem. Objective achieved.... well done, now GET OUT! #WBA— Dave Garghan (@DaveGarghan9) May 12, 2014
Despite a win percentage of just 17.6%, Mel kept West Brom up and they will now head into their fifth consecutive season in the Premier League looking for their fifth manager in that time. Mel is unlikely to stay around in England but should be able to secure another job in Spain.