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Mel is relishing challenge

West Brom boss Pepe Mel claims he has enjoyed the challenge of keeping the club in the Premier League since his arrival in January.

Mel has already found his own future the subject of speculation since replacing Steve Clarke, as the team remain perilously close to the relegation places.

And the Spanish coach admits he fully expected a tough transition when accepting the position at The Hawthorns.

"It's normal that when a coach comes in midway through a season, it's because a team has problems," he said.

"No team changes its manager halfway through a season if it's winning everything. We've resolved the issues and I think the end to our season will be a good one.

"Each week we've had a different problem but these problems have been resolved. We will have a successful end. All I want is for West Bromwich Albion to be in the Premier League next season.

"It is a difficult job but one I love. I love the emotions West Bromwich Albion fans have shown towards me."

And Mel believes victory against Tottenham on Saturday could all-but secure survival for his side, who are five points above 18th-placed Fulham with a game in hand.

"I think if we win we've nearly achieved it but there will still be five games and 15 points to play for," he said.