L Liga: Pepe Mel appointed as coach of Real Betis until end of season

Image: Pepe Mel: New coach of Real Betis

Former West Brom boss Pepe Mel has been appointed coach of Spanish second division side Real Betis until the end of the season.

The 51-year-old is embarking on his third spell with Betis after leading them to promotion into the top flight in 2011 and they qualified for the Europa League at the end of the 2012-13 season during his tenure.

Mel also played for the club as a striker between 1989 and 1993, scoring 50 goals in 112 appearances.

Betis, who were relegated last season, currently lie fourth in the Segunda division, six points behind leaders La Palmas.

"Betis have chosen Pepe Mel as trainer of the first team. The coach from Madrid will take charge of the Betis squad with the aim of seeking promotion," read a club statement.

Mel’s first spell as Betis boss ended when he was sacked in December 2013 and he then took charge of West Brom in January before leaving The Hawthorns at the end of last season.   

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