Perhaps taking inspiration from an old Brian Clough adage, table-propper-uppers West Brom have today sacked not their manager, but their chairman.
As he was prone to do on occasion, Cloughie once pontificated that should a chairman sack the manager he initially appointed, he should go as well.
While not quite under those precise circumstances, the Baggies have today mulched the contracts of both chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman with the team currently bottom of the Premier League and seven points from safety with 11 matches remaining.
West Bromwich Albion sack chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman.
Statement: “These changes follow Albion’s poor results this season which currently sees the Club at the bottom of the Premier League.”
— Richard Conway, BBC (@richard_conway) February 13, 2018
Now there’s something you don’t see everyday. Not even a ‘by mutual consent’. Shows you just how calamitous things have been at the Hawthorns of late.
Williams took the role in September of 2016, the season after Tony Pulis was sworn in as head coach. He was, however, responsible for the appointment of current manager Alan Pardew, the man in charge of the worst team in the top flight.
Local reports claim that several prominent former members of the Baggies’ board – Dan Ashworth, Richard Garlick and Mark Jenkins – are all being primed to return in the near future.
For the time being, it remains to be seen whether or not shedding a couple of faceless higher-ups will have any discernible positive effect down on the pitch between now and the end of the campaign.