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Mel arrival excites Mulumbu

Youssouf Mulumbu believes there are 'exciting' times ahead for West Bromwich Albion under the guidance of new boss Pepe Mel.

Spanish tactician Mel has inherited the managerial reins at The Hawthorns from the ousted Steve Clarke and is eager to put his own stamp on things as quickly as possible.

His inability to speak English may lead to a few teething problems, but the Baggies camp are looking forward to working with a coach renowned for his whole-hearted approach.

Mulumbu told the Birmingham Mail on Mel's first training session with his new employers: "This will probably be the hardest week of the season, but that's what you expect when you have a new manager.

"It was quite exciting. He's Spanish so obviously he wants to play good football. He showed us the tactics he wants to put in and we just worked as usual. He wants to change the mentality - go forward, play good football.

"For the first session, we all expect to see how he wants us to use the ball, how he wants us to play. We need to be ready for Everton on Monday."

Congolese midfielder Mulumbu, who has previously expressed a desire to leave West Brom, added: "It's hard for him because he doesn't speak English but football is, as they say, a universal language.

"I am quite excited. We just need the confidence and we know we can be a good side.

"We have some great players to go forward. It will be a great test against Everton to see whether we can answer the questions on Monday.

"You can show where he wants you to be, which position. It was a good session. I'm not worried. He wants to play football with the good players we have.

"We haven't changed many things. We just need the confidence to show we have good players and a good team.

"It was intense. Everyone wants to win their positions, everyone wants to play."