Mel coy on West Brom future

With the club's Premier League safety not yet guaranteed, the manager has refused to commit to staying at The Hawthorns beyond the end of the season
By Alvaro Jimenez

West Brom manager Pepe Mel has failed to commit to the club beyond the end of the season with Premier League survival not yet secured.

The 51-year-old replaced Steve Clarke in January, but has won just two of his 12 games in charge as the Baggies have slipped to 16th in the table, just three points off the relegation zone.

5/1 West Brom are 5/1 with bet365 to be relegated this season
Mel has stressed the need for West Brom to change their game following his appointment but admitted his "main goal will be completed" should he prevent the club from dropping into the Championship.

"I think football is the same wherever you go," he told Goal.

"In Spain, in Germany, in England ... the situation of the manager depends on the points you get along the season, on the games you win during the year.

"We needed to adapt. I'm sure West Brom will be in the Premier League next season, therefore, my main goal will be completed, if it indeed finishes there."

West Brom have a game in hand on most of their relegation rivals, with a home clash against West Ham next on Saturday.

When asked directedly on whether he will be in the dugout next season, Mel insisted his focus must remain on the task in hand to avoid distraction.

He continued: "Right now we must focus our attention on the match against West Ham. There are three very important points to play for, and if we are can get them the rest of the season will be easier for us.

"I think we mustn't look further than Saturday because it could distract us."