Sheffield Wednesday: Adam Pearson backs Stuart Gray to continue ‘very good job’

New Sheffield Wednesday Appointments Adam Pearson
New Sheffield Wednesday Appointments Adam Pearson
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New Owls sporting director Adam Pearson has backed Stuart Gray to lead the club back into the Premier League.

Former Hull City and Derby County owner Pearson arrived at Hillsborough on Monday alongside Glenn Roeder, with both men set to form a three-man sporting director committee alongside Gray.

And he has thrown his support behind head coach Gray as the trio plot a route back to the top flight for Wednesday after a 15 year absence.

“I’ve know Stuart for a long time,” Pearson said. “And I’m very comfortable with him.

“He’s done a very good job here.

“I go a long way back with Stuart from a geographical and football point of view.

“I’ve got a lot of time for him and the way he approaches football.

“There is a lack of ego and posturing and he just gets on with the job properly.

“He plays a good brand of football.”

Pearson recognises the pressure which will fall on not only his own shoulders, but those of Roeder and Gray starting this summer.

The desire for a return to Premier League football among Owls supporters has only grown following Dejphon Chansiri’s takeover of the club.

And Chansiri himself has consistently named 2017 as the target year for Wednesday to be playing top flight football.

Pearson says he is relishing the pressure he will face.

And he says Chansiri’s desire to succeed in the Premier League following the potential promotion was a big attraction for him.

Pearson said: “The fans will be expecting results but what’s life without pressure.

“That’s what it is all about.

“The chairman is ambitious but so is Glenn, myself and I know Stuart is as well and wants to succeed in putting Wednesday back in the Premier League.

“We want to have a real go at it.

“What we really attracted me to the chairman is he has the resources and desire to have a go at the Premier League, not just in the Championship.”

Pearson says there is plenty about the Owls that needs to be ‘reinvigorated’ if they are to achieve the goal of promotion.

And leading the renovation is part of his job alongside Roeder and Gray.

He said: “This is a massive club.

“They have been here for 15 years so there will be certain aspects of it that will be tired and it needs reinvigorating and that’s what we are here to do.

“We are here to create some belief, enthusiasm and desire about the place and the training ground and to let Stuart know he’s got the resources to do the job he wants.

“We want to enthuse the supporters and get this place packed.

“I’ve been coming here for many, many years and there’s no better club when it’s rocking.”