Mel on Betis and West Brom

Former Real Betis Coach Pepe Mel is saddened by the club’s relegation from La Liga and has called for the club to unite as one.

The Verdiblancos, despite a run to the Europa League quarter finals, have been found wanting in Spain’s’ top flight this season and are preparing for a return to the Segunda.

The tactician, who was sacked by the Andalusians at the end of last year, now wants fans to support the team in their attempts to bounce straight back up.

“Football is how it is and you need to accept it,” Mel told Marca. “Like every other Betico, I am hurt to see the team is headed for the Segunda.

“But now they need to look to the future, there is no point looking back. I hope the Beticos unite and come together and that they can do what we managed to do in 2010.

“It is a similar situation. Betis got out of the Segunda, went back up to the Primera and then we managed to get into Europe.

“Now, everyone related to Betis needs to look at what is best for the team.”

Mel then discussed his experiences in the Premier League, where he is currently managing West Bromwich Albion.

“In England the fans are very passionate on the day of the match. You need to experience it, I recommend it to everyone.

“But during the week they are very respectful. It is an ideal environment in which a football professional can work, whether you win or lose.

“I am having a good experience but it is different. Lots of things that happen here surprise you, but going through it is worth it.

“It has been a tough project, West Brom had a lot of problems. There was the Anelka case, which was a difficult situation. But in football you should never be scared of anything.

“I am confident in my work and in the end it has gone well. With two matches left to play in the League, we secured our safety. I am proud of that.

“After the last match of the season against Stoke City, I will have a meeting with West Brom and we will talk about the future.”

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