Mel casts doubt over future

  • Last Updated: May 3 2014, 7:31 BST

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel has cast further doubt over his future by suggesting his contract expires this summer despite him apparently signing an 18-month deal when he got the job in January.

Pepe Mel: Contract talks put on hold
Pepe Mel: Contract talks put on hold

The former Real Betis coach took over from Steve Clarke in the new year and looks set to steer Albion away from relegation despite a difficult first few months in the job.

When Mel was appointed following a protracted recruitment process, the club announced his arrival on an 18-month contract. However, amidst speculation over his future, the Spaniard has revealed his contract "finishes" at the end of this season but with the possibility of staying longer.

"I will have a meeting with West Brom after the season but the next important thing is Arsenal on Sunday," he said.

"Sorry but I only want to talk about our remaining matches against Arsenal, Sunderland and Stoke City.

"Of course we can bring the talks forward when we are safe. We can talk about the situation on Monday if we are safe.

"My contract finishes after the Stoke City match and then we will have the meeting for the future."

Asked to clarify the situation regarding the length and nature of his contract, Mel said in his much-improved English: "My contract is private so we need this meeting with chairman.

"It is an open contract. It's not closed, the contract. It's easy to understand; if Pepe Mel says yes and West Brom say yes, no problem.

"I think now only about the mentality of the players for Sunday. The players only need to hear me talk about Arsenal now. We need this point.

"It's not good for us to speak about the future. Wait only seven or eight days please then I'll speak with you about this all the time."

Mel admits his introduction to the Barclays Premier League was tough as he dealt with the sale of striker Shane Long, the infamous Nicolas Anelka 'Quenelle' saga and a long wait for a first victory.

"I enjoy my job, being at West Brom and the fans," he said. "But January and February were very, very difficult for me, with Long leaving and the Anelka situation and more.

"But the most important thing is at the end. If at the end it's good, then no problem."


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