Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri is searching for a new advisor after Adam Pearson opted to quit the Championship club and rejoin Leeds United last night.
Pearson, brought in just three weeks ago by Chansiri as part of a three-man football committee, will be unveiled today as Leeds’ new executive director today.
It is understood the former Hull City and Derby County chairman met Whites owner Massimo Cellino over the weekend to discuss a possible return to Elland Road. Pearson worked as a commercial director at Leeds before purchasing Hull in 2001.
It is a big blow to Thai businessman Chansiri, who drafted in Pearson and ex-West Ham manager Glenn Roeder to work alongside head coach Stuart Gray. Pearson, who still owns Super League side Hull FC, was expected to play a big part on the business side.
Pearson said: “I’m here to assist Massimo [Cellino] as much as possible on all sides of the club and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’ll be like his right-hand man as executive director at the club, trying to get the club moving forward in the right lines and in tune with its supporters. We’re hopeful for a good season in the Championship next year.
“I know the club really well, I was here 15 years ago. Quite a lot has changed internally but there’s still a lot of familiar faces and some really good staff here.”
“I know this city very well, I know the club and it’s my hometown city,” added Pearson, who will focus on Leeds’ business and commercial activities. “I want to get back in here and make a difference.”