AT the time of going to press West Bromwich Albion had yet to appoint a replacement for head coach Pepe Mel, who left the club on May 12.
After a disappointing season that saw the club narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League, we asked Bugle readers what they thought of the situation at the Hawthorns and who should take over. Typically bleak Black Country humour was the response.
Phil Priest wrote gloomily, "Any decent undertaker should fit the bill, Midlands football in general has never been so bad! It is a sad reflection on the state of affairs when the greatest local success has been Wolves gaining promotion from what in reality is the Third Division! RIP Midlands Football."
Des Thorpe said, "Someone who doesn't cost much, will have no say in sellings and signings, will be prepared to take the blame and, above all, have a sense of humour."
Roger Thompson wrote, "We certainly do need a miracle worker. But first the Board needs to take a good hard look at itself. They are ultimately responsible and this year we have been a joke on and off the pitch."
Few fans were willing to put forward names; Chris Hughton and Brian Laudrup were both touted, but Steve Sant had an intriguing suggestion – Kenny Jackett. What would Wolves fans have to say about that?
Under Pepe Mel the Baggies won three, drew six and lost eight matches.
Mel's four months in charge is a pale reflection of the 46 years as secretary-manager served by Fred Everiss, 1902 to 1948; a football record that is unlikely ever to be broken.
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