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Chris Hughton in running to replace Pepe Mel at West Brom

Pepe Mel's five-month reign as West Brom boss was brought to an end yesterday when the Barclays Premier League club confirmed the Spaniard had departed by mutual consent.

Mel, who replaced the sacked Steve Clarke in January, succeeded in his mission to save the club from relegation but never appeared to win the wholesale support of the Baggies' hierarchy.

Former Norwich boss Chris Hughton and Malky Mackay, who ended his legal battle with former club Cardiff last week, were installed as two of the bookmakers' favourites to replace Mel.

West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "We would like to thank Pepe for his efforts over the past four months in helping to keep the club in the Premier League and wish him well for the future.

"Both Pepe and the club set out with the best intentions of making the appointment work. However, having reflected on events both on and off the field during our talks, it became apparent that it was in the interests of both parties for there to be an amicable parting.

"We are grateful for the manner in which the existing coaching staff and players have rallied behind Pepe to get the club over the line in what has proved an extremely competitive division."

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