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Matt Maher: So who’s actually running the show at West Brom?

“I am not a quitter,” remarked Albion chief executive Ron Gourlay in January.

Ron Gourlay and Guochuan Lai

Yet just two months later, as it emerged this week, that is exactly what Gourlay was doing.

Why? For now we can only surmise. The five-paragraph statement announcing his impending exit – containing no explanation and no words from the soon-to-be former CEO – did not smack of a particularly harmonious divorce.

It’s impossible not to wonder whether Gourlay simply grew tired of having to front up for the failings of absentee owner Guochuan Lai.