Mel in 2011
|Full name||José Mel Pérez|
|Date of birth||28 February 1963|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|1982–1983||Real Madrid C|
|1983–1987||Real Madrid B||71||(15)|
|1983–1984||→ Alcalá (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mel started his senior career at Real Madrid C – joining Real Madrid's youth system at the age of 11, in 1974, he never represented however the first team – playing alongside the likes of Emilio Butragueño and Míchel. In late 1987, after a very brief spell with CA Osasuna (he did not make his official debuts), he moved to Segunda División with CD Castellón, where he played two years, helping the Valencian Community side return to La Liga in his second season, after an absence of seven years.
Mel enjoyed his best years at Real Betis, signing with the team in 1989 and helping the Andalusians promote in his debut campaign, whilst winning the Pichichi Trophy with 22 goals (one better than in the previous season, at Castellón). In the following year he played his first – and only – season in the top level, scoring 14 times but once again suffering immediate relegation.
Mel played his remaining years in the third division, in his country but also in France, successively representing Granada CF (two years), Benidorm CF and Getafe CF, splitting his final season with Angers SCO and Écija Balompié and retiring at the age of 35, amassing Spanish second division totals of 195 games and 73 goals.
Mel started coaching one year after retiring, his first club being amateurs CD Coslada in the Community of Madrid. In 2001, after one year at Real Murcia in division two, he replaced Valencia CF-bound Rafael Benítez at the helm of CD Tenerife, having his first spell in the top flight as a coach, and suffering relegation.
In the following four seasons Mel worked in the second level, being sacked early into the 2005–06 season by Polideportivo Ejido. Shortly after he dropped down a level and moved to Rayo Vallecano, helping the Madrid outfit return to the second division in his second year, subsequently leading the side to the fifth place, with chances of promotion until the very last month of competition.
On 15 February 2010, after a string of poor results, Mel was sacked by Rayo, being replaced by director of football Felipe Miñambres, who helped the club to the 11th place. In the summer he signed with former side Betis, also in the "silver category", leading the Verdiblancos back to the top division in his first year.
Mel coached Betis to the seventh position in the 2012–13 season, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League. He was relieved of his duties on 2 December 2013, however, after falling to a 0–4 derby loss at Sevilla FC and conceding a last-minute 2–2 home equalizer to Rayo Vallecano.
- El Tenerife despide a Mel y ficha a Javier Clemente (Tenerife fires Mel and signs Javier Clemente); El Mundo, 19 February 2002 (Spanish)
- Pepe Mel, destituido como técnico del Poli Ejido (Pepe Mel, sacked as Poli Ejido's coach); El Mundo, 14 November 2005 (Spanish)
- Pepe Mel, destituido como entrenador del Rayo Vallecano (Pepe Mel, sacked as Rayo Vallecano coach); Globedia, 15 February 2010 (Spanish)
- Pepe Mel, nuevo entrenador del Betis (Pepe Mel, new Betis coach); Sevilla Actualidad, 12 July 2010 (Spanish)
- El Betis destituye a Pepe Mel (Betis fires Pepe Mel); El País, 2 December 2013 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol player profile
- BDFutbol coach profile
- Betisweb stats and bio (Spanish)
- Transfermarkt profile
- Worldfootball profile