Pepe Mel reveals get-out clause in Hawthorns deal

Albion boss Pepe Mel today raised fresh questions about his Hawthorns future by revealing his contract includes a ‘break clause’ at the end of the season.

West Brom boss Pepe Mel
West Brom boss Pepe Mel

The Spaniard is set for talks with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace once the club’s Premier League future is assured.

But Mel, who signed an 18-month contract in January to succeed Steve Clarke, revealed the deal includes a clause allowing both parties a ‘get-out’ in the summer.

“My contract finishes after the Stoke City match and then we will have the meeting about the future,” said the 51-year-old.

“My contract is private but we need this meeting with the chairman. It is an open contract, not a closed one. But if Pepe Mel says ‘yes’ and West Brom say ‘yes’, there is no problem.”

Mel’s short reign has been beset by off-the-field problems with the sale of Shane Long, controversies involving Nicolas Anelka and Saido Berahino, concerns about his methods from senior players and the departure of key behind-the-scenes ally Dave McDonough.

But he has led the club to the brink of Premier League safety and has now hinted he will need assurances of his own before committing for next season.

“If West Brom stay in the Premier League it is good work,” said Mel, who remains keen to add former Real Betis No.2 Roberto Rios to his coaching staff.

“But I am an ambitious coach and I want more than safety. For me it’s not enough that we finish 17th next season. I want more.

“It was a difficult situation in January, February and March. There were a lot of problems.

“But in the end, if West Brom are safe, we need to put measures in place so next year is even better. All things are important, not only players and not only staff.

“I want to listen to West Brom and what exactly they want for the future.”

Mel has confirmed that former Betis loanee Joel Campbell could be a target if he stays in charge.

The 21-year-old Arsenal winger, who played for Mel on loan in Spain and is currently on loan with Olympiacos, is on a list of possible recruits along with veteran Betis striker Ruben Castro.

Mel said: “Campbell could be a good player for West Brom.”

Comments for: "Pepe Mel reveals get-out clause in Hawthorns deal"

bob.williamsfindlay

Let's hope Jeremy Peace and the Board get at least two decisions right this season, but I refuse to hold my breath ...

BrierleyHillOriginalBaggie

Thought this came out weeks ago?

What about the shirt!!

zzzzzzzzz

Cyril

In view of the appalling mess he inherited and the struggle to get a home win, it's a miracle we may be looking at after the next 3 matches. I've seen enough to think that, assuming we stay up, he deserves a contract. It takes a special man to get players 'in from the cold' and return them to top form. If he gets his contract, I hope he starts talking about 'US' instead of 'West Brom'.

carly

If he does leave i would'nt mind the tactical & straight talking Tim Sherwood? Then again Peacy would probably **** himself & not hire him!

capehill

I think he will cyril, I don't think many managers would have stuck at it week in, week out like he did, after some punishing and heart-breaking results. He still had the players and fans behind him, and that is testament to the man. Boing boing

CantelloRocket 78

I'd certainly like to see what Pepe could do for us next season - regardless of where we are - but a few things disturb me-

1) he seems to be very cautious and uncertain about his future, so the hierarchy probably haven't given him any hints of reassurance yet-

2) blogger Warren mentioned that if we commit to Pepe, it'd probably mean bringing in his previous backroom team, and putting into place a major re-vamp of both the current squad, and footballing philosophy - a complete change from JP's previously slowly built, steady, familiar foundations, and-

3) I've recently heard 'whispers' from what I would class as a very reliable source that those foundations of the club do not wish to be 'rocked' by a major change.

Much of it's just rumour and speculation, we'll have to see what actually develops, but whilst I really like the guy, and would instantly give him my support, I have this nagging anxiety about his future.

Mboy

So Pepe might stay or he might go!!

Are those splinters causing you any discomfort?

CantelloRocket 78

Mboy-

I've said VERY clearly that I'd like Pepe to stay, but the decision's outside my power-

I've merely pointed out that his position looks very uncertain-

which part of that do you not understand.....??

Cyril

Does it bug you lot, as it does me, that we went weeks without a match at times in this appalling season and yet we now have 3 matches in 7 days ? Breweries and big drinking sessions spring to mind. Yet here we are, hoping and praying we stay in this lop-sided, loaded League they call The Prem. Are we mad or are they who call the tune ?

CantelloRocket 78

Cyril,

in truth, it's all becoming something of a sick joke.

When Albion first reached the Premiership, one of our first away games was against tomorrow's opponents, Arsenal - an English club, located in London, and representing England in Europe-

early in the game, the home fans were sarcastically taunting the Baggies fans with shouts of 'you don't belong here....'

I recall looking at the Gunners team - and Manager - then realising not one of them was actually English, or even British.

Oh, the irony.........

The Real Bully Hoo.

Cyril.

Too right and I don't think if it had been Man Ure under Fergie they'd have told him he was playing important games closer together than they needed to be but it's only little old Albion isn't it?

Rocket.

They were right, as an honest well run club that's here on their own efforts rather than having fixed the PL and CL to suit a few clubs we don't belong here. We're on a much higher plane.

jonathan.willetts.3

I would like to see PM stay next season to put his stamp on the team. I think the vast majority of fans are behind him. At times since he took over, you can see a change in the style of play, the reactions of the players towards him when we have won, the fans reactions, are all good. Initially when he took over, the players were confused as to how to play his pressing style, mainly because they weren't capable of doing it. But they voiced their concerns, and to his credit PM listened and changed the way we approached games. We've had 15 draws, IF we had converted 7 of those to wins, another 14 points, we would now have 50 points, and sitting pretty in the top half. We all know about last minute equalizers, last minute penalties, given or not given, and they can make or break a season. A bit more luck next season, a bit more killer instinct, a bit more concentration and we should have a good season next year. We don't need to up our performances much to get the results that we should have had this season. Lots of IF's and BUT's I know, but to be honest, I'm looking forward to next season already. COYB

ealan.com

Pepe Mel has earned the right to be in charge next season and should be given the backing of the board to rebuild the team.I'm glad that his ambitions for Albion are greater than finishing in the bottom six,as are the ambitions of the fans,J.Peace take note.As for the rumours concerning Tim Sherwood, I've seen his press conferences, he's headstrong and wouldn't be led by the nose by J.Peace or anybody else.I just don't see it.