Adam Pearson is adamant Sheffield Wednesday will “leave no stone unturned” in their quest to go up after agreeing to work alongside head coach Stuart Gray.
At a press briefing yesterday, the Owls revealed former Hull City and Derby County owner Pearson, Gray and Glenn Roeder will form a new “three-man sporting director by committee” at Hillsborough.
Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri is determined to lead the club back into the Premier League within two years to mark their 150th anniversary in 2017 and Pearson, who will advise on business-related strategies across all areas of the club, wants to help make that target a reality.
He said: “Sheffield Wednesday are probably one of only a couple of football clubs left outside the Premier League who can go into the top flight and make a huge impact. Leeds are another one in this area but Sheffield Wednesday has the tradition, size, the support, the ground and the facilities to make an impact.
“Fifteen years is far too long without top flight so we need to get cracking.
“We are going to leave no stone unturned in finding the right players with the right characters to drive the club forward.”
While Pearson will advise on the business operation of the club, Roeder plans to focus specifically on football matters.
“People say if you’re not in the Premier League you can’t be a big club but I disagree,” he said.
“The fan base is tremendous here and the club is steeped in great history.
“You can never get to the Premier League too soon and we will try and get there as soon as possible.
“The challenge next season is to be promoted.
“As the chairman has said, we may possibly have to wait one extra season, then by 2017 we want Sheffield Wednesday back in the Premier League.
“Fifteen years out of the top flight is far too long for a club like this and I would like to be a successful part in Wednesday’s future history.
“The Premier League is a better league with Wednesday in it and I think supporters around the country will agree with that.”
Chansiri, speaking via an interpreter, clarified Gray’s future, insisting: “I like Stuart very much.
“I think he is a good coach.”
The Thai businessman added Gray will have the final say on transfer dealings and promised to do “whatever is necessary” to restore the club to its former glories.