International Soccer - England

Pepe Mel parts ways with West Brom

West Bromwich, England (SportsNetwork.com) - West Bromwich Albion and manager Pepe Mel have parted ways, the club confirmed on Monday.

Mel, 51, was given an 18-month contract by the club to replace the departed Steve Clark in January, but struggled to make an impact as the club won just three of the 17 matches of which he was at the helm.

West Brom finished 17th in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone.

"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," said West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick.

"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."

The club have also parted ways with assistant coach David Gomez, while fellow assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeper coach Dean Kelly will remain with the club.

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

05/12 17:47:41 ET