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Mel: Fans are heart of the club

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18:47 16th January 2014

New boss hoping to see 'Boing Boing' many times in coming months

PEPE Mel declared he hopes to see the Albion fans ‘Boing Boinging’ many times over the final months of the season - as he set out his vision for the future.

The new Baggies head coach was speaking to the English media – via the aid of an interpreter - for the first time at his official unveiling today.

And he was quick to highlight how important the supporters will be during his Hawthorns reign, ahead of his opening game against Everton on Monday (ko 8pm).

“The supporters really are at the heart of the club,” said Mel.

“They are absolutely vital.

“Of course managers and players both come and go – but the supporters remain there.

“I hope to see the fans doing the 'Boing Boing' many times in the coming months.

“And I hope to be here at West Brom for a very long time, I’m very excited by the prospect, and everything starts this week.”

The former Real Betis boss has been delighted with the response of the players to his footballing philosophies in training.

And he is relishing the challenge that awaits him in the Barclays Premier League.

“If you’re a football player or a coach the Premier League is the place to be," he added.

“For me West Bromwich Albion have very good players and I change the mentality only.

“I’ve told the players that in football possession of the ball is absolutely vital.

“You can’t go through 90 minutes of football without having the ball.

“We need to get it back as quickly as possible.

“There are still four months to go in the season and we’ll go on to have a really great future.

“It would be great if Albion could go on to compete in Europe in the future.

“When I arrived at Real Betis they were a second-tier team and now they have played in Europe."

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