There are probably few things in the world Wednesdayites enjoy doing more than having a good old laugh at Leeds’ expense.
Many would have smiled and had a good chuckle after learning of Adam Pearson’s departure from Elland Road on Tuesday night. The former Hull City and Derby County chairman claimed he made the decision so he could focus on other personal and business interests in an open letter on the Championship club’s website.
Pearson, of course, left Wednesday’s sporting director by committee management structure in May, just three weeks after being appointed by Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri. In total, Pearson has lasted less than five months at Yorkshire’s two most successful clubs in 2015.
In recent years, Leeds have under-performed and, led by eccentric, outspoken owner Massimo Cellino, have regularly chopped and changed their managers.
But Pearson, in his role as executive director, brought stability to the Whites and is thought to have had a good working relationship with present head coach Uwe Rosler. Although Pearson’s spell at his hometown club was not problem-free, he played an instrumental role in a summer which saw Leeds recruit a new coaching team and bring in eight senior players.
It is a major blow to Cellino and company that Pearson has gone and a stark reminder to Wednesday of what they missed out on.
With 17 years of experience in football, Pearson is a widely respected figure and would have brought contacts, business nous and given invaluable advice to Chansiri, who admits he is still learning about the beautiful game.
As Pearson pointed out when he joined the Owls, adding value in the transfer market and keeping agents under control would have been abig part of his job description.
He added: “I will look after things on the commercial side and make sure we extract full value on everything the chairman spends. We want to get value for money.”
We will never know whether Pearson could have made a positive contribution to Wednesday. But what is clear is that nobody has come into replace him so Owls fans should not be too quick to taunt Leeds over losing one of their own.