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Pepe Mel: I'm capable of more

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Pepe Mel today claimed Albion fans will never see what he is capable of if tomorrow is his final day as manager.

The Spaniard takes charge of the club for the last game of the Premier League season against Stoke amid increasing signs that he could leave The Hawthorns next week.

The 51-year-old, who has admitted his future is in doubt, said: "I will go from here with two feelings – pride, at achieving the objective, and the feeling of people in England not really knowing the head coach I am."

Mel, who revealed he last spoke to chairman Jeremy Peace last Friday, added: "It's been very difficult. The two strikers we had (Shane Long and Nicolas Anelka) left and there have been lots of other problems, not least the issue with the language.

"But we have managed to achieve our objective. I learned a lot of things so I have no regrets."

Mel is set to meet Peace next week to discuss his future after a troubled four months at the helm. The 18-month contract he signed in January included a summer get-out clause.

Meanwhile, young defender Cameron Gayle has left The Hawthorns after being released. He tweeted: "Thank you to all the staff and players that have helped me throughout my 7 years at the club."

n Peter Odemwingie was today backed to beat the Albion boo boys on his first Hawthorns return since leaving the club last September when he lines up for Stoke tomorrow.

The Nigeria striker is braced for a stormy welcome from Baggies fans still angry at his messy exit.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: "It ended in acrimony but it won't affect Peter.At away grounds you get grief on a lot of occasions so it's not something that will faze him. It's just another away ground."

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