Leeds’s poaching of Pearson underlines his quality, insists Chansiri

Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri (Picture: Steve Ellis).
Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri (Picture: Steve Ellis).
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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY chairman Dejphon Chansiri insists he bears no grudges towards Adam Pearson following the latter’s shock departure to Yorkshire and Championship rivals Leeds United.

Pearson left his role as a sporting director on a three-man committee at Hillsborough on Monday evening, just three weeks after joining Wednesday.

The news came as a bolt from the blue to Owls supporters, but the club say there will be no panic to bring in a replacement for Pearson and that it remains business as usual.

Pearson’s remit at Hillsborough was to advise Chansiri on business-related strategies, including player recruitment.

Wednesday had added to their committee advising Chansiri last week by bringing in former Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Charlton academy and recruitment boss Paul Senior.

Paul Aldridge remains in place until the end of next season as chief executive at the Owls, who spoke about evolving and expanding their sporting committee “on an ongoing basis” at the unveiling of Pearson and Glenn Roeder on April 20.

On the departure of Pearson to Leeds, Chansiri said: “In many ways Adam’s departure underlines the strength of his appointment.

“These things happen in every line of business and football is no different.

“I wish Adam well for the future and look forward to welcoming him to Hillsborough next season.”

Scottish Premier League outfit Aberdeen have been linked with a loan move for Wednesday forward Stevie May.

The Dons, according to reports in Scotland, have had initial talks with the Owls regarding the possibility of landing the former St Johnstone striker on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old arrived at Hillsborough in an £800,000 deal last August, but struggled to make an impact for the Owls in 2014-15, managing to score just seven times.

Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been included in the Republic of Ireland’s preliminary squad for their forthcoming games with England and Scotland.

The Republic take on England on June 7 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium before they face Scotland on June 13 in a crucial UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier, again in Dublin.

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