CELLINO AT THE DOU­BLE IS SCARY THOUGHT

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ADAM Pear­son’s exit from Leeds was bad news. The rev­e­la­tion that he will not be re­placed is lit­tle short of a catas­tro­phe.

The 50-year-old’s quit the club just four months into his job as CEO, cit­ing “other per­sonal and busi­ness in­ter­ests”. In plain English, Hull FC, the rugby league club he bought in 2011, is haem­or­rhag­ing spon­sor­ship and Pear­son has re­turned to crack some heads.

Great for them, ter­ri­ble for Leeds. Since ar­riv­ing at El­land Road in May, Pear­son has brought a rare calm to the club.

He’s quelled the im­pul­sive, of­ten de­struc­tive ego­tism of chair­man Mas­simo Cellino. He’s formed a buf­fer be­tween the Ital­ian and man­ager Uwe Rosler. He’s signed up play­ers and spon­sors with a min­i­mum of fuss.

Rosler said he was “dev­as­tated” by the de­par­ture of the man who ap­pointed him, and no won­der. This sum­mer, Pear­son de­liv­ered ev­ery sin­gle one of Rosler’s trans­fer tar­gets.

Cellino, mean­while, went af­ter Wat­ford for­ward Fer­nando Forestieri, now play­ing for Sheffield Wed­nes­day. Make of that what you will.

The ex-Cagliari owner says he is now “keep­ing the po­si­tion open” for Pear­son while dou­bling his own work­load. Maybe he’s learned. Maybe he’s watched a smooth op­er­a­tor at work. For Rosler’s sake, we hope so.

Be­cause with a ‘work­load’ that gen­er­ally con­sists of med­dling with the team, sign­ing play­ers no­body wants and sack­ing man­agers on a whim, any­thing else will spell a re­turn to mad­ness and may­hem.

GONE: Adam Pear­son

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