West Bromwich Albion have sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman. The team is bottom of the table, five points adrift of 19th-placed Stoke — and seven points from safety — after three consecutive defeats.
In the wake of Monday’s 3-0 loss at Chelsea, the two club chiefs have been placed on gardening leave with immediate effect.
Sportsmail understands Pardew’s job as manager is not under threat, despite the impending threat of relegation.
Club owner Guochuan Lai took the decision to remove Williams and Goodman before the Stamford Bridge defeat, hoping their departure would spark life into under-performing players.
Mark Jenkins, who was recently appointed director of WBA holdings — the club’s controlling company — will take over as CEO.
Eden Hazard scored twice as West Brom were beaten by Chelsea, who moved back into the top four after the Stamford Bridge victory.
The defeat means Pardew’s side, meanwhile, have won just one of their last 25 league games. Their night was made worse by an early injury striker to recent loan recruit Daniel Sturridge.