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West Brom boss Mel: I know I must prove myself here

West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel accepts he needs to prove himself to Premier League fans.

Mel is yet to taste victory since his appointment last month.

He said: "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.

"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, 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."

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