Mel departs West Brom

  • Last Updated: May 12 2014, 18:30 BST

West Bromwich Albion have parted company with Pepe Mel by mutual consent.

Mel departs West Brom

The Barclays Premier League club confirmed the news on Monday, bringing to an end the Spaniard's reign at The Hawthorns.

Mel took charge of the club in January, having been chosen by the Baggies as the permanent successor to Steve Clarke, who was sacked in December.

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "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, it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting.

"We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division."

Assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely will remain in their current roles with the club although first-team coach David Gomez has left his post.

Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is the early 9/4 favourite with Sky Bet to replace Pepe Mel as manager of West Brom following the Spaniard’s exit from the club.

Chris Hughton is also in the running as 7/2 second favourite.

Sky Bet’s Head of Football Trading Paul Wiggins said: “Malky Mackay has been the punters’ choice so far, attracting more stakes than any other candidate.

“But there’s also a lot of interest in Leeds boss Brian McDermott. He was 33/1 when the betting opened, but he’s been subsequently backed into 4/1.”