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How is Pepe Mel getting on ever since leaving West Brom?



Pepe Mel is currently managing Spanish second division side Las Palmas, having spent time with fellow Spanish sides Deportivo de La Coruna and Real Betis since leaving West Bromwich Albion.

Mel, was appointed West Brom manager in January 2014, taking over from Steve Clark who had been sacked following in December following a run of just one win in nine Premier League games, which had seen the Baggies drop down the table.

The 56-year-old, though, was unable to improve the Baggies fortunes on the field straight away and it took until mid-March to record his first win in the Premier League with West Brom, winning 2-1 at Swansea City to end a seven-match winless run at the start of his tenure.

A 2-0 defeat at Hull City followed, before the Baggies threw away a 3-1 lead at home to relegation rivals Cardiff City to drop two precious points, but Mel’s side did at least respond picking up two vital 1-0 wins at Norwich City and at home to West Ham United in the four games that followed.

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That was enough to ensure the Baggies survived by three points at the end of the 2013/14 season, despite losing their last three matches, and having won only three of his 17 games and losing eight of those West Brom decided to part company with him at the end of the campaign.

Mel returned to Spain in December 2014, taking on a second spell in charge of Real Betis and he enjoyed an excellent start to his reign, guiding the club to just one defeat in 25 league games as Betis secured the Spanish second division title with two games to spare following a 3-0 win at home to Alcorcon.

Betis did not get off the best of starts in their first season back in La Liga winning just one of their opening five matches, including a 5-0 thrashing at Real Madrid, and despite managing to recover their form a little over the following few games a run of four defeats in six games was enough to see the Spanish club part company with Mel in January 2016.

The 56-year-old returned to the dugout in February 2017 taking over at Deportivo de La Coruna with the club sitting just two points clear of the relegation zone in La Liga, but Mel managed to guide the club to a 16th place finish in the 2016/17 before a poor start to the following campaign saw him sacked in October.

Mel once again returned to management in Spain, taking over at Las Palmas in March last season, with the club in poor form in the Spanish second division following their relegation from La Liga the year before – and the 56-year-old guided the club to a 12th place finish last term.

So far this season, Las Palmas are currently sitting in 15th place in the table, having won five and lost seven of their opening 16 matches, which sees them six points off the play-off places – and Mel will be hoping to guide them a top six push over the course of the rest of the campaign.

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