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The Spaniard acknowledges that he needs to prove himself in the Premier League after struggling in his first seven games since succeeding Steve Clarke at the Hawthorns

West Brom boss Pepe Mel insists that he is not concerned by the pressure that he has faced since taking over at the Hawthorns.

The Spaniard succeeded Steve Clarke in January but has failed to secure a win in any of his first seven games, leading to speculation over his future, with the Baggies only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

And, though Mel won plaudits in his native Spain for his work with the likes of Real Betis, he acknowledges that he needs to prove himself in the English game but refuses to panic.

"For me this is an opportunity and a really exciting one," he told reporters. "I am a very well-respected head coach in Spain and, here, I have to earn the right to be respected. I'm going to try and the only way I know is through hard work.

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"The public have been very kind towards me but I haven't yet proved anything. It's down to me to prove myself to people.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy with the situation with Nicolas Anelka [who has been suspended for his 'quenelle' goal celebration], the injuries and the results, coupled with this being a new country for me with a new language and new culture.

"But I want all the pressure to fall on me rather than the players. I have been in similar situations before in Spain and the only way to get out of them is by working hard.

"The players here want to win and the only thing they are lacking is confidence because they're not achieving that. But I see them working from Monday to Friday so I go into the Swansea City game [on Saturday] feeling perfectly calm.

"Of course we must win. It's being said there are four important games coming up but, for me, there is only one important game and that's to beat Swansea."

Despite West Brom's perilous position, Mel is confident that they can retain their Premier League status, arguing: "If that wasn't the case, if I didn't believe there were winners in the dressing room, I would have already spoken to the chairman in order to leave.

"My focus is on the players and working with them in order to improve them because this is the only way I can ensure I am going to be here for a long time."

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