Winless in his first seven games, already under fire from the press and supposedly on the verge of being handed the sack, nobody can deny the pressure West Brom boss Pepe Mel is currently under.
He was relieved to hear, then, that his side’s army of 2,000 fans that will be travelling to Swansea on Saturday are planning a gesture of support for him.
Albion fans are buying the native flags of their Spanish head coach to take along to the Liberty Stadium and show Mel they are behind him – something that he is grateful for.
By Joe Chapman – @jcwba16
Speaking to the Baggies’ official YouTube account, the former Real Betis boss said: “Thank you very much for this.
“The fans have been very kind with me, every day, and I owe them a lot.
“They are very important, because the spirit of the club is the fans. For the head coach and the players its work, but for the fans its West Brom.”
Mel will be hoping to reward the fans for their patience, despite a whole host of injuries taking place recently and confidence being low in the camp.
Despite the club’s total of four wins this season being less than all 91 other football league teams, the 51-year-old is putting all his efforts into victory on Saturday.
He added: “The most important thing at the weekend is the players and to win.
“At the end of the match, I’m sure West Brom will be very happy.”