Pepe Mel leaves West Bromwich Albion

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[gallery] Pepe Mel has left West Bromwich Albion by mutual consent.The Spaniard departed following a meeting with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace this afternoon.

The 51-year-old oversaw three wins and eight defeats in 17 Premier League games.

And his tenure was beset by problems off the field including the sale of Shane Long, the Nicolas Anelka 'quenelle' saga, questions from senior players and the departure of close aide Dave McDonough.

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "We would like to thank Pepe for his efforts over the past four months in helping to keep the Club in the Premier League and wish him well for the future.

"Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work. However, having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks today, it became apparent that it was in the best interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting.

"We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the Club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division."

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David Gomez has also left the Club following the completion of his coaching contract.

Assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper Coach Dean Kiely will remain in their current roles.

Garlick added: "Although we have managed to achieve a fifth successive season of Premier League football, it has been a very disappointing campaign and lessons have been learned.

"The search for a new head coach has now begun.

"We aim to find the most suitable candidate who, with the support of the structure we have had in place for six years and are presently strengthening, will enable the club to be more competitive next season."

Watch Albion reporter Steve Madeley's reaction as the Pepe Mel announcement broke.

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