West Brom name Pepe Mel as new coach

London: West Bromwich Albion appointed former Real betis boss Pepe Mel as their new head coach on Thursday, the English Premier League club announced.

The 50-year-old Spaniard replaced Steve Clarke, sacked last month after a 1-0 defeat by Cardiff left Albion two points off the relegation places.

But, under caretaker manager Keith Downing, the Baggies are currently four points above the bottom three.

Mel himself was sacked by Betis last month.