The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Monday, 10 August 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Mel hopes to repay faith

Pepe Mel is determined to show that West Bromwich Albion have made the right decision in turning to a different type of coach, and has been quoted as telling Spanish radio that he plans to bring in his own backroom staff in the summer.

Last Updated: 11/01/14 at 12:24 Post Comment

Pepe Mel: New West Brom boss looking forward to the challenge of the Premier Lea

Pepe Mel: New West Brom boss looking forward to the challenge of the Premier Lea

Former Real Betis boss Mel has signed an 18-month contract to take charge at West Brom and become the permanent successor to Steve Clarke, who was sacked last month.

Keith Downing has been at the helm for the past five games and will not pass over the reins until after Saturday's clash with Southampton.

Mel is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the Premier League, but has suggested to radio station Cadena Ser that he then hopes to appoint two of his own coaches at the end of the season.

He said: "Roberto Rios and David Gomez are two people whom I love and I have helped a lot. From May I hope they can join me.

"It's something that one always dreams about when you want to be a manager or a player, because I think the Premier League attracts the whole of the football world.

"I cannot wait to taste it. It was always in my head to work in England. It has always attracted me.

"As a footballer, obviously I did not have the level to be here.

"And, as a manager, I hope to be able to earn the right to do well and be able to have a career here.

"I will try to enjoy the Premier League. I'm coming here with tremendous ambition to do well and earn the right to be a Premier League manager.

"West Brom want a Spanish model coach and I hope to show them that they were not wrong."

Downing welcomed the appointment of Mel on Friday and played down reports that Mel would be bringing in his own staff in the summer.

"I'm not aware he wants to bring in his own people," he said. "We've been told to carry on as normal and I trust the club to do what they've done over the last five or six years."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria is expected to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of a move to PSG.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mesut Ozil set to shine for Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects Mesut Ozil to be one of the Premier League's leading stars during the 2015-16 season.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company