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After waiting 26 days to learn the identity of their new manager, West Bromwich Albion fans could be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by the appointment of Pepe Mel as Steve Clarke’s successor.

West Brom's new manager Pepe Mel will watch from the stands during Saturday's Premier League encounter with Southampton

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The Spaniard was seen as something of left-field choice to replace Steve Clarke

Michael Laudrup and David Moyes had mixed emotions after Swansea knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup via a 2-1 victory

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Negredo has scored 18 goals this season in all competitions after netting his second hat-trick in the 6-0 League Cup semi-final win over West Ham

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Ronaldo's future was thrown into question until he signed a new contract with Real and Ferdinand admits that the chance of an Old Trafford homecoming has probably gone

Pepe Mel was sacked by Real Betis six weeks ago

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The 50-year-old was the club's 'No 1 candidate' to replace Steve Clarke

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Bryan Ruiz has started just one match under Rene Meulensteen

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The Costa Rica international has fallen out of favour

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Local media reports the former Liverpool midfielder has agreed a two-year extension

Eurozone unemployment rate remains stable at 12.1%

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The British number one cannot face Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal until the semi-finals

Pope Francis appears to have been captured on video performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square

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UK Porn trends: From 'Lisa Ann' to 'British', Pornhub reveals what we search for

Pornhub reveals the most popular porn search terms in Britain

Real Madrid’s sporting director Zinedine Zidane (left) held the fort when Jose Mourinho left

Pete Jenson: Manchester United should learn two heads can be better than one, as proved by Europe's director of football model

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Alvaro Morata’s first-team chances have been limited at Real

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Arsène Wenger is looking to buy a striker after Theo Walcott ruptured a knee ligament on Saturday

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