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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Baggies sack the chairman and CEO

Captain: Jonny Evans
Captain: Jonny Evans

West Brom have sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman.

The pair have been given notice of termination of their contracts and been placed on garden leave with immediate effect, the club announced yesterday

Following his recent appointment as a director of WBA Holdings, the club's controlling company, Mark Jenkins will return as chief executive.

A club spokesman said: "We would like to thank John and Martin for all their efforts since their appointments and wish them well for the future."

The sackings come with Albion bottom of the Premier League and seven points from the safety line following Monday's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, with the club citing poor results as a catalyst for change.

It is understood that the club have no plans to appoint a replacement chairman this season.

Threat

Manager Alan Pardew's job is not under immediate threat despite Albion's position in the table. He has won just one of his 13 league games in charge since replacing Tony Pulis in November.

The Baggies have beaten just Bournemouth, Burnley and Brighton this season and went on a 20-game winless run between August and January.

To make matters worse, new signing Daniel Sturridge, on loan from Liverpool, limped off after just three minutes at Stamford Bridge with a hamstring injury.

The club kept Jonny Evans in January despite a late bid from Arsenal which would have risen to £12million - well below the midlands club's asking price of over £20million. But skipper Evans has a release clause in his contract which would allow him to leave for £3million if Albion were relegated.

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