West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the appointment of Pepe Mel as their new head coach, with confirmation expected after this weekend.

Mel, the former Real Betis manager, is understood to have watched Albion’s draw at White Hart Lane and is poised for further talks on Friday.

The 50-year-old has been interviewed twice by the Albion hierarchy and is set to agree an 18-month deal after their game at West Ham United on Saturday.

West Bromwich controversially dismissed Steve Clarke earlier this month and Mel’s appointment is certain to polarise opinion. He has never worked in England before and was sacked by Betis after a disappointing start to the season.
Meanwhile Tim Sherwood admits Daniel Levy has taken a gamble on him after he came away from his first match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur with an underwhelming draw.

Eyebrows were raised on Monday when Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract as Spurs’ new head coach, and it was clear from the display against Albion that he still has much work to do.

A smattering of boos rang out at the final whistle to sum up how the home supporters viewed the performance.

“The fans will be disappointed, obviously. I understand that,” Sherwood said. “We are at home and, with respect, against West Brom you should be winning. It’s a game we should have won. We should have played better and we are capable of playing better.

“I thought we could be a bit more adventurous around the penalty box and show a little more guile.”

Sherwood was appointed caretaker following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas and he delivered an encouraging win over Southampton last weekend.