Real Betis coach Pepe Mel is being linked with Aston Villa.

Mel has worked wonders at Betis over the last 18 months and has the club on the brink of a European return this season.

Estadio Deportes says this hasn't gone unnoticed in Birmingham, where Paul Lambert is under pressure at Aston Villa.

Mel is now being mentioned as a potential replacement for the Scot should Villa's results not improve in the coming weeks.