West Brom: Nobody Seems To Like Pepe Mel (But He Doesn't Care)
The ticking managerial time bomb (not a fan of the "managerial merry-go-round" expression) is once again poised to explode, this time right in the face of Martin Jol doppelgänger and West Brom manager Pepe Mel.
The Spaniard is yet to taste victory in England after six games at the Baggies' helm and Chairman Jeremy Peace has allegedly given Mel six games to turn the club's fortunes around, before he throws Mel overboard.
The Baggies have won just FOUR of their TWENTY SEVEN league games this season, the worst in the entire top four English divisions.
(It is worth noting, mind, that one of those four wins was at Old Trafford) (It is also worth nothing, mind, that that fact doesn't mean half as much as it used to)
It's not only the Chairman that has expressed his concerns, but the players too.
With his penchant for maniacal gaze and knack for steel-girded stubbornness, he's had more than a few comparisons with Chilean tyrant/football hipster's wet dream Marcelo Bielsa but reports suggest that the team's preference is to adopt their usual counter-attacking style, how they played under previous boss Steve Clarke that led them to their highest ever league finish of 8th.
However, Mel seems insistent on his side playing similar to his previous employers Real Betis, high-tempo pressing.
West Brom have no game scheduled for this weekend, with their proposed opponents, Sunderland, making a wasted trip to Wembley to be humiliated in the Capital One Cup final.
That-being-that, Mel's next fixture is a must win as they again face David Moyes' lowly Manchester United at the Hawthorns, a tie that last season produced a ten goal thriller (5-5) in what was Sir Alex's last game in charge.