Sheffield Wednesday: Aldridge set to leave Owls next season

Paul Aldridge
Paul Aldridge

Sheffield Wednesday have today confirmed chief executive Paul Aldridge will leave the Championship club at the end of the 2015/16 season.

Aldridge, who has previously worked at West Ham, Leicester City and Manchester City, joined the club as vice chairman and CEO in January 2011, succeeding Nick Parker.

Having spoken with Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri, Aldridge feels it is the “right time” to make this decision.

“I have had a tremendous time at the club and look forward to playing my part next season in what I hope will be a very successful campaign,” he said.

“I am sure by giving the chairman sufficient time to consider who is the right person to lead the club into its 150th anniversary, he will appoint the most suitable successor.

“I know I have a very busy summer ahead, we have at least two major projects starting later this month. Supporters will notice a big difference when they come back at the start of next season and see the new pitch and giant screen.

“I am also hoping to be very busy playing my part in the overhaul of the playing squad, the chairman has made it quite clear he wants to be challenging from the start of the new season.

“Mr Chansiri is extremely ambitious and I am sure that Sheffield Wednesday will flourish under his leadership, it is the right for the club that he can build his management team for the long term and I am very confident that the both the club and our supporters have a very exciting future to look forward to.”

Thai businessman Chansiri, who completed his £37.5m takeover of the Owls last month, said: “I am grateful for all the help Paul gave to me prior to and during the takeover process and, of course, he has a very important role to play.

“This decision will allow me the time to begin the process of identifying his successor. I am very confident that whilst we will miss Paul, this will give me the opportunity to further strengthen the executive management team for the future.”

Aldridge’s decision to leave completes 24 hours of major change behind the scenes at Hillsborough. The club brought in Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder yesterday to work alongside head coach Stuart Gray as part of a new “three-man sporting director by committee”.

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