Baggies appoint Mel's man Gomez

Last Updated: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:42

David Gomez has joined West Brom as the club's new first-team coach with the former Real Betis man teaming up again with Pepe Mel.

The Baggies boss wanted Gomez alongside him at the Hawthorns and the move has now been confirmed

Gomez, who was Mel's fitness and conditioning coach at Betis, will work alongside the Baggies boss, assistant head coach Keith Downing and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely behind the scenes.

Mel had initially been frustrated in his attempts to bring Gomez and former Betis assistant boss Roberto Rios to Albion when he was first appointed, but the club have now bowed to his request and Gomez has been brought in.

Mel said: "David was a colleague in Spain and I think it's good for the club, the players and for me that it's been possible for him to join us.

"We will all work hard together on the pitch for West Brom. Keith Downing remains my No 2. I am very, very happy with Keith. He's a very good assistant and a very good person.

"Every day that I've been here, Keith has helped me get to know West Brom and the Premier League better."

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick added: "Pepe is working in a completely new environment and we've always been open to the idea of him strengthening his backroom staff with someone he knows well.

"I'd like to officially welcome David to the club. He initially joins us until the end of the season and I'm sure he will provide Pepe with valuable support."

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