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West Brom fans to fly the flag for under-pressure Pepe Mel

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Albion fans are preparing to show their support for under-pressure boss Pepe Mel by waving Spanish flags at Saturday's Premier League clash with Swansea.

The 2,000 travelling supporters at the Liberty Stadium will display the flags as Mel fights to save his job just eight games into his Hawthorns reign.

The idea was proposed by Exeter-based fan Glyn Hopkins and gathered steam on an online Albion messageboard. And Hopkins, who plans to distribute 10 of the giant flags himself before kick-off in Wales, wants as many of the fans to join in as Mel looks for his first victory in charge of the Baggies.

He said: "I am sick to death of all the stick that Pepe Mel is taking. It seems like the knives are out for him but since this guy has come in he has never been given the tools to do the job.

"The players don't seem to be fighting for him and it doesn't appear he's getting support from anyone within the club.

"So I suggested the idea of Spanish flags so the fans can show Pepe that we are all behind him.

"I put it on westbrom.com and on Facebook, and it seems to have caught on.

"I have bought 10 flags and will be handing them out and I know other people have bought them as well.

"It won't need many for them to be seen and for Pepe to know he has the support of Albion fans."

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Mel's reign has been beset by problems behind the scenes since his appointment in January, with players expressing concerns about his methods, key ally Dave McDonough leaving after disputes with colleagues and striker Nicolas Anelka suspended over his 'quenelle' goal celebration.

After four draws and three defeats, Mel's position is already under scrutiny as the Baggies embark on four matches against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Hopkins said: "I don't think fans will accept it if Pepe is sacked, but if this does turn out to be his last game then at least we will have said 'thank you'."

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