Pepe Mel became Albion's new head coach on Thursday, January 9, signing an 18-month contract.
Mel, whose full name is Jose Mel Perez, arrived in England having developed an impressive coaching pedigree in Spain.
He led Real Betis into the Europa League last season thanks to a seventh-placed La Liga finish, beating Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid 1-0 in the process.
His tenure with the Seville-based club started in July 2010 and he guided them to promotion from the second division as champions in his first season at the helm.
In their first campaign back in the top flight, Mel guided them to a 13th-place finish.Mel parted company with Real Betis in December as their ongoing financial struggles finally took their toll.
The Madrid-born 50-year-old (born February 28, 1963) has also coached eight other clubs in his homeland since hanging up his boots as a player in 1998.
He spent time at Coslada, Merida and Real Murcia before replacing Valencia-bound Rafael Benitez at newly-promoted Tenerife – his first top-flight spell as a boss.
Between 2003 and 2006, he coached Getafe, Deportivo Alaves and Polideportivo Ejido in Spain’s second tier.During four years with now-Primera Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano, Mel won promotion to the second division in 2007/08.
He then came within touching distance of a second successive promotion the following season, ultimately finishing fifth.As a player, Mel was schooled as a striker in Real Madrid’s youth system from the age of 11.
He went on to play for their C and B teams before leaving the Spanish giants in 1987.
Mel subsequently joined Osasuna, Castellon, Betis, Granada, Benidorm, Getafe, Ecija Balompie and French club Angers, where he retired at the age of 35.
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Keith Downing was elevated to assistant head coach in December 2011 following the departure of Michael Appleton to become Portsmouth manager.
It was a rapid rise for Downing who only became first-team coach, under Roy Hodgson, in March 2011, having passed on his Under-18s duties to James Shan.
It is a position that Downing has kept ever since, having been kept on as joint-assistant head coach, working alongside Kevin Keen, when Steve Clarke was appointed head coach in the summer of 2012.
Following Clarke's departure in December 2013, Downing took the reins at The Hawthorns and won one, drew three and lost one of his five Premier League games in charge.
He remained the Baggies' No. 2 when Pepe Mel was appointed head coach on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Albion recruited Downing, who holds his UEFA A License, as Academy Under-18s coach in July 2009 and he also became responsible for running the Baggies' Barclays Premier Reserve League team at the start of the 2010/11 campaign.
Downing hung up his boots with Hereford in 1998 - bringing down the curtain on a 14-year professional playing career.
He subsequently worked as first-team coach under Graham Turner at Edgar Street until 1999 before returning to former club Wolves as a youth team and reserves coach.
After four years at Wanderers, he joined Cheltenham Town as assistant manager in the summer of 2004 to work under boss John Ward, who he met at Molineux.
Downing stepped up to caretaker manager at Whaddon Road in October 2007, when Ward left for Carlisle, and was given the position on a permanent basis the following month.
He left the club in September 2008 and five months later joined Port Vale as temporary assistant manager until the end of that campaign.
Born in Oldbury on July 23, 1965, Downing started his playing career as an apprentice at Chelsea between 1981 and 1984.
After being released he moved to non-league Mile Oak Rovers before joining Notts County a year later.
After three seasons at Meadow Lane he joined Wolves, where he scored 11 goals in more than 200 appearances and earned the nickname 'Psycho' for his robust playing style as a central midfielder.
Short spells at Blues, Stoke City and Cardiff City followed before he made 49 appearances for the Bulls.
'DEANO' officially became Albion goalkeeper coach in March 2010.
The former Republic of Ireland stopper oversaw Ben Foster as he earned the Supporters' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards for 2011/12. Foster kept ten clean sheets that season, equalling the club record for the most shut-outs in a Barclays Premier League campaign.
He assisted Keith Downing during his time as caretaker head coach in the 2013/14 campaign – following the departure of Steve Clarke.
Kiely was handed the role of goalkeeper coach after successfully doing the job on a trial basis from the start of the 2009/10 season.
At this time he also penned a third one-year extension to his playing contract until summer 2011, with Roberto Di Matteo stating he would be third-choice keeper.
The experienced keeper provided valuable back-up towards the end of his playing career and he was called upon to play four games in December 2009 due to Scott Carson's suspension, helping earn seven points as the Baggies were promoted back to the Barclays Premier League.
During the 2008/09 campaign he pounced on a training-ground hand injury to Carson to put in a match-winning performance in a 3-1 win over Wigan and secure his place in the side for the final two Barclays Premier League games.
Kiely scooped the Championship's 2007/08 PUMA Golden Glove thanks to his 18 clean sheets in all competitions after helping Albion clinch the title and reach an FA Cup semi-final.
And at the end of that season he came out of international retirement after five years and four months to put in impressive performances against Serbia and Columbia for Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland side - earning his ninth and tenth caps at the age of 37.
Kiely initially joined Albion on an 18-month contract in January 2007, making his debut in a 2-1 home win over Plymouth the next day.
The experienced keeper took little time to win over the Baggies faithful, producing a series of rock-solid performances to help the Baggies reach the play-off final, where they lost 1-0 to Derby at Wembley in May, 2007.
Kiely's Hawthorns arrival meant his career had come full circle.
He joined the Baggies as a schoolboy in the early eighties and spent around two years with the club, progressing to the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall in the process.
He was capped 13 times by England Schoolboys before moving on to Coventry in 1987, where he signed pro forms.
After failing to break into the first-team at Highfield Road, the Salford-born keeper joined York City in 1990 where he cut his professional teeth.
The 6ft 1in stopper completed a £125,000 switch to Bury in 1996 before being snapped up by Charlton three years later for a then-club record fee for a goalkeeper of £1million.
In his first season at The Valley, Kiely equalled Nicky John's all-time club record of 19 clean sheets to help win promotion to the Premiership.
Kiely became a firm fans' favourite during his seven-year spell at Charlton and helped Alan Curbishley's side cement their place in the top flight.
Addicks supporters voted him their Player of the Year in 2004, earning a massive 43 per cent of the vote.
Kiely moved on to Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee in January 2006 and played a key role in helping the South Coast club beat the drop.
Following the arrival of England keeper David James at Fratton Park in the summer of 2006, Kiely was loaned out to Luton in November 2006, where he recorded three shut-outs in 12 games.
Kiely boasted an impressive career record of 219 clean sheets in his 672 appearances when he joined Albion.
On the international front, after breaking into Ireland's B team, Kiely made his senior debut as a substitute in a European Championship qualifying play-off against Turkey in November 1999.
He made Mick McCarthy's squad for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea but was kept on the bench by the excellent form of Newcastle's Shay Given.