Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri insists he has no hard feelings towards Adam Pearson after the former Hull City owner opted to leave the Owls and become executive director at Leeds United.
Pearson begins his new role with the Whites today, just over three weeks after he was appointed as business adviser on a three-man committee at Hillsborough.
Thai businessman Chansiri brought in Pearson to work alongside Glenn Roeder and head coach Stuart Gray. Pearson, who boasts a wealth of experience in football, was expected to deal with agents and rival clubs.
However, the 50-year-old met Leeds owner Massimo Cellino over the weekend to discuss a possible return to Elland Road where he served as commercial director before leaving in 2001 to buy Hull City.
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.”
Pearson added: “I was part of the committee advising the chairman but once the owner at Leeds got in touch, this is where my heart lies.
“I know the city very well and I know the club, it’s my hometown city.”