John Williams was left with an 'odd' feeling after being fired but the former chairman has backed Alan Pardew to keep West Brom up.

Williams backs Pardew to keep Baggies up

Williams backs Pardew to keep Baggies up

Williams was fired by owner Guochuan Lai on Tuesday, alongside chief executive Martin Goodman, because of poor results on the pitch and did admit responsibility.

'It is an odd feeling, it’s certainly unusual,' Williams told The Times. 'We had gone through a managerial change but it’s a results-based game and I accept my part in that.

'As top of the managerial tree, you have to take responsibility.

'It has been a challenging job but I felt we had done well in the time I was here until this season, and I have enjoyed it.”

Williams took the decision to sack Tony Pulis back in November, three months after handing him a new contract, and he believes the man he installed as head coach will drag Albion to safety in the final 11 league games of the season.

'We didn’t get the bounce we hoped for when Alan came in and are well short of his usual average points per game, but I think we are now heading on a really favourable run of games,” said Williams.

'I believe in Alan and the squad and I wish them well and really hope they stay up. I believe it will be a fight until the end.'