West Brom boss Pepe Mel has taken a firm stance prior to talks with the club’s board about his long-term future at the club, insisting that everyone “will know who is boss” should he remain at the helm, according to Sky
The 51-year-old arrived at the Hawthorns when he replaced Steve Clarke, who was sacked from the club in January, signing an 18-month deal.
The Baggies have secured Premier League survival for next season, and discussions between the manager and the board are scheduled to take place on Monday.
The 18-month deal Mel signed included a six-month getout clause for the club should they remain unconvinced of the manager’s suitability in the role, but Mel’s desire is to stay and build on this season’s survival by progressing up the league table next term.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mel said: “The most important thing was to get the team out of trouble. My ambition when I first came was that West Brom would be in the Premier League come May 12 – so I have achieved that.
“Now I have a different one – I want to carry on improving the club. I need to listen to what the chairman has to say and I want to know what he has in mind for the future of this club – what his plans are. But I’m also an ambitious person and I want to be able to put forward my own arguments to take this club forward. If I’m the West Brom manager next season, everything will have to be done hand-in-hand – together.
“If I am the manager to move this club forward then certain talks will be had with certain players. It is important for every single player to know who the boss of this club is.”
West Brom sit 16th in the table, but could drop below Sunderland if their trip to the north east on Wednesday evening ends in defeat, though a victory could see them leap as high as 13th, though 14th would be more realistic owing to goal difference tallies They complete the season by hosting Stoke on Sunday afternoon.
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