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Pellegrini: Mel can succeed

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed his West Brom counterpart Pepe Mel to be a success in English football.

Mel has made something of a slow start to his reign at the Hawthorns, failing to win any of his first eight matches and picking up just 12 points from the 12 games he has overseen in total.

However, there have been signs of improvement in recent weeks during a run of three games unbeaten that could have been a trio of wins but for last-minute goals from Cardiff and Tottenham in 3-3 draws either side of the 1-0 victory at Norwich.

Mel has admitted he is unsure if he will still be in the job next season but Pellegrini, who knows the Baggies boss from their time managing in La Liga and whose Manchester City side face West Brom on Monday, is confident the Spaniard can do well in the Premier League.

Asked if he could see Mel being successful in the English top-flight, Pellegrini replied: "Yes, of course, because I repeat - I think he is a very good manager, and he worked very well in Spain.

"I am sure that here in England when he settles, he will be a very good manager also.

"He is a manager that wants his teams to play attractive football - he always tries to make it so that his team will play with a lot of possession of the ball and make a very offensive game."

While Mel has been battling at the bottom of the table during his time in English football, Pellegrini has been involved in matters at the top during his first season.

However, City's title aspirations suffered a blow in their last game as they were held to a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

Pellegrini, though, insists that the performance against the Black Cats will have no bearing on how his team approach the game against West Brom.

"I think all the games are different," he said. "It would be very easy to just to focus on what has happened in other games.

"The performance in every game is very important and I hope we are going to improve our performance against West Brom."

You can watch Manchester City's game against West Brom live on Sky Sports 1HD on Monday from 19.30.