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Mel wants ambitious West Brom

Pepe Mel has said that for him to be successful at West Bromwich Albion, the club needs to have a long-term plan.

The 51-year-old was appointed the Baggies manager in January on an 18-month contract.

The Spaniard struggled to lead his side to wins initially, but he has now all but secured West Brom's place in the Premier League for next season.

However, there are doubts on whether the West Midlands club would like to retain his services beyond the summer and will hold talks with him next week.

Mel has now suggested that for him to continue as West Brom manager, the club needs to have a clean plan for the future, starting with resolving the situations with players who are out of contract in the summer.

"When I first came here, our main idea was to be pragmatic and that is to make things as comfortable as possible for the players," the Birmingham Mail quotes him as saying.

"That was the best way to fight relegation. The fact is West Brom actually came to Spain to sign me and I would have thought that would mean a lot.

"We need to talk and listen. I want to listen to the board and chairman about their future plans. We cannot arrive next season with the fear of relegation.

"The first thing I need to resolve is many players are finishing their contracts here. Maybe the club has different ideas from my own ideas.

"If we want to be an ambitious club and not be in danger next season, we need to have a plan for the future and have a very strong side for next year. I do not know if that will cost a lot of money.

"Obviously the number one goal is not to be fighting relegation. We need to be very clear about how we want to move forward in the future, we don't want to improvise, we need to be very clear."