Mandaric may bring in ex-Leicester man

A FORMER Premier League administrator could be set for a Hillsborough role.

He is Paul Aldridge, who worked for West Ham and Manchester City and under Milan Mandaric at Leicester.

The Wednesday chairman has revealed that Aldridge helped him to smooth his takeover of the Owls.

Aldridge is a friend of the Hillsborough chief and has been accompanying him at matches; for example at Bristol City and Huddersfield.

"He helped me at Leicester. and was a key figure in orchestrating the takeover," said Mandaric. "He was the guy who really put things together; he did this is as a project."

Mandaric added that Aldridge liaised between him, lawyers and the Owls when the takeover was being engineered.

"Paul is a friend who is experienced and respected," Mandaric told The Star.

Aldridge spent 10 years at West Ham, seven of them as managing director.

He joined Leicester as chief executive officer in January, 2008, and became chief operating officer at Manchester City near the end of that year. He left City in the summer of 2009.

He could be a strong candidate for some sort of role if Mandaric wants to beef up the off-field structure.

In the past the Owls chief has not ruled out adding to the board, which currently comprises only him, chief executive Nick Parker and former chairman Howard Wilkinson.

Mandaric's priority this month is to get players in but he has also said he intends to look at the "business and the structure of the organisation."

Meanwhile, Hereford manager Jamie Pitman says he has lost a bet with his players over the goal from a corner which earned them an FA Cup date at Hillsborough.

"The goal came from a set-piece and now I owe the players some money," says Pitman, whose team beat Wycombe 1-0 away in a third-round tie on Tuesday.

"It should have gone into the near post but it was a good move," he added. "We haven't scored many from dead balls so I had a bet with them that we would. I think I owe them 4."

Mathieu Manset scored from close range after a short corner was taken and a cross was headed across goal.

"The lads played really well and worked very hard," Pitman said.

The Bulls face Wednesday in the fourth round on January 29.

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