Mel, under pressure to hold on to his job after only six games in charge, had the first of a series of planned meetings with the West Brom squad yesterday.
He has to convince them that his methods and tactical ideas will end a dreadful run of one victory in 17 games under three different managers that has plunged the Baggies into trouble.
Richard Garlick, West Brom’s sporting and technical director, confirmed talks are taking place but gave no assurances that Mel’s job is safe.
“We are going through a period of transition, which is natural following the appointment of a new head coach,” said Garlick, whose own position could be vulnerable if results do not pick up.
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There is also a lot of frustration at our league position and run of form
“There is also a lot of frustration at our league position and run of form.
“Various meetings have been held within the football department over the past few days to discuss our current situation and what needs to be done to improve results in our final 11 games.
“The discussions have been constructive. There has been a lot of soul searching and it is clear everyone has a real hunger and desire to keep the club in the Premier League.”
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