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Mel: West Brom need a long-term plan

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By Jamie Elliott

Wednesday 07 May 2014

West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel has said that the club needs to have a long-term plan in place for him to be successful at the club, Sky Sports reports.

Pepe Mel

Since taking over from Steve Clarke in January, Pepe Mel has led the club to Premier League safety despite struggling at first.

Despite joining on an 18-month contract, there are doubts as to whether the club will seek to secure the services of the 51-year-old and Mel believes a plan is needed.

"When I first came here, our main idea was to be pragmatic and that is to make things as comfortable as possible for the players," said Mel.

"That was the best way to fight relegation. The fact is West Brom actually came to Spain to sign me and I would have thought that would mean a lot.

"We need to talk and listen. I want to listen to the board and chairman about their future plans. We cannot arrive next season with the fear of relegation.”

Mel believes that the first thing needed to be addressed is the players who are soon-to-be out of contract and wants to secure his squad for next season.

The Spaniard also wants to add ambition to the Baggies and hopes to aim higher than fighting a relegation battle but he is unsure if the club will have the funds required.

"The first thing I need to resolve is many players are finishing their contracts here. Maybe the club has different ideas from my own ideas.

"If we want to be an ambitious club and not be in danger next season, we need to have a plan for the future and have a very strong side for next year. I do not know if that will cost a lot of money.

"Obviously the number one goal is not to be fighting relegation. We need to be very clear about how we want to move forward in the future, we don't want to improvise, we need to be very clear."

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