Adam Pearson has left Sheffield Wednesday and become executive director at Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, it has emerged tonight.
Pearson, brought in just three weeks ago by Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri as part of a three-man football committee, met Whites owner Massimo Cellino over the weekend to discuss a possible return to Elland Road.
Now the former Hull City and Derby County owner, who has held a range of senior executive positions in football and the wider sporting community, has rejoined the West Yorkshire outfit, having previously worked as their commercial director in 2001.
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. “Hopefully we can build on that teamwork off the pitch and really take the club forward.
“I know this city very well, I know the club and it’s my hometown city. I want to get back in here and make a difference and get the club moving forward again.
“I’ll be working on all aspects of the club, looking primarily to start with the business and commercial sides to make sure we’re maximising all the revenues coming in.
“I want to make sure that the supporters are getting looked after and the facilities are right. There are some key people already here at the club so it’s just bringing that together and pushing that forward.”
Chansiri drafted in Pearson and ex-West Ham and Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder to work alongside head coach Stuart Gray. As part of the new set-up, Pearson was expected to work closely with Roeder and Gray on Wednesday’s summer recruitment drive.
Thai businessman Chansiri, who completed his £37.5m takeover of the club in March, also appointed Paul Senior as a third advisor last week.
Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino added: “Adam is coming here to be my right-hand man, to help me with everything that needs to be done. There is a lot of work to do.
“He is a good man. He loves football and he knows this club well, that is important.
“Since I came back to Leeds, I have not stopped working, but Adam will help me now. I wanted him here at Leeds and I believe the working relationship will be positive.
“He has quickly started in his job and he has shown in the past that he knows how to be successful in football.
“We will work together on making sure we are ready to have a strong season on and off the pitch.”