Mel's days look numbered after the Baggies began the search for a new manager and a possible overhaul of their coaching setup.

Mel has steered Albion to the brink of survival thanks to three wins in their last seven games.

But the prospect of the Spaniard being replaced in the summer is being openly discussed behind the scenes at the Hawthorns and a parting of the ways could suit both parties.

Tensions still exist between Mel and his players after he staved off the threat of the sack earlier this season.

Some of his squad, including senior stars, have continued to question his methods and complain they are struggling to understand him due to his broken English.

Meanwhile Mel, who lost his closest ally when director of technical performance David McDonough was sacked in February, has openly admitted he is unsure about his long-term future.

He said earlier this month: "I don't know where I am going to be next season.