Albion insist progress being made in search for new coach

  West Brom have today insisted they are making progress  in the appointment of a new head coach, as reports in Spain suggested talks with Pepe Mel had broken down. 

West Brom's new sporting and technical director Richard Garlick
West Brom's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said they were interviewing potential replacements for Steve Clarke.

Former Real Betis manager Mel had been among the favourites to take on the post but it is thought that discussions have hit a stumbling block.

Mr Garlick said: “We have identified suitable candidates to work within our existing structure.

“This is a confidential process and it is inevitable there will be speculation about whom may be under consideration.

“We are now progressing through the interview and short-listing stage. We plan to make an appointment at the earliest opportunity but our primary concern is recruiting the most suitable individual.

“We are grateful for the professional manner in which Keith Downing, the coaching staff and the players have approached the last two games.

“Keith remains in charge for tomorrow’s game at West Ham United and until an appointment has been made.”