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Mel: West Brom board want Spanish style football

West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel has revealed the board want him to introduce a 'Spanish style' of football.

The 50-year-old hopes to bring that style, allied with relative success, to The Hawthorns.

"Very soon after I finished my work with Betis, I received a call from this club to say that they were looking for a new way of playing football and that they wanted to play in a way that is typical of Spanish teams," Mel wrote in this WBA match programme notes.

"We very soon came to an agreement about this, we had a lot of talks, and I think we agreed that we will be able to work together for a very long period I hope, because to change the style is not a quick thing. You must do a lot of hard work for this to happen.

"We have had very little time together, before we went away to Spain before this game. This for me is pre-season, even if it is very short.

"This club has been very brave in wanting to bring in this new method of playing, especially when you are halfway through the season.

"When a club is brave, then it deserves to bear fruit and I will be working very hard along with the coaches and the players to make this happen for the club and for its supporters."

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