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Pearson quits Owls for Leeds return

Former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson is to join Leeds United as owner Massimo Cellino's "right-hand man"

Former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson is joining Leeds United as an executive director Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Pearson , who was Leeds' Commercial Director before taking over at Hull, will be unveiled tomorrow as an executive director at the Elland Road outift.

The shock move comes less than a month after Pearson was appointed to Sheffield Wednesday's three man football committee.

“I’m here to assist Massimo as much as possible on all sides of the club and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ll be like his right-hand man as executive director at the club, trying to get the club moving forward in the right lines and in tune with its supporters.

“We’re hopeful for a good season in the Championship next year.

“I know the club really well, I was here 15 years ago. Quite a lot has changed internally but there’s still a lot of familiar faces and some really good staff here.

“Hopefully we can build on that teamwork off the pitch and really take the club forward.

“I know this city very well, I know the club and it’s my hometown city. I want to get back in here and make a difference and get the club moving forward again.

“I’ll be working on all aspects of the club, looking primarily to start with the business and commercial sides to make sure we’re maximising all the revenues coming in.

“I want to make sure that the supporters are getting looked after and the facilities are right. There are some key people already here at the club so it’s just bringing that together and pushing that forward.”

– Adam Pearson

Adam is coming here to be my right-hand man, to help me with everything that needs to be done. There is a lot of work to do.

“He is a good man. He loves football and he knows this club well, that is important.

“Since I came back to Leeds, I have not stopped working, but Adam will help me now. I wanted him here at Leeds and I believe the working relationship will be positive.

“He has quickly started in his job and he has shown in the past that he knows how to be successful in football.

“We will work together on making sure we are ready to have a strong season on and off the pitch.”

– Massimo Cellino, Leeds United chairman

Diame out for remainder of season

Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Mohammed Diame has been ruled out for the remainder of the season Credit: Press Association

Diame, who has been sidelined since September with the exception of two brief substitute appearances last month, will undergo an operation in France on Tuesday.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to hand striker Nikica Jelavic a starting place for their crucial relegation clash against Burnley at the KC Stadium, while Jake Livermore faces a late test on his injured ankle.

Provisional squad: Harper, McGregor, Dawson, McShane, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Brady, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn, Meyler, Hernandez, Aluko, N'Doye, Jelavic, Sagbo.


Bruce calls for unity as relegation battle intensifies

Hull City's nail-biting campaign to avoid the drop is being overshadowed by a stand-off between the club's owner Assem Allam and a vocal section of Tiger supporters.

Bruce calls for unity as relegation battle intensifies Credit: Press Association

Back-to-back Premier League wins have given Steve Bruce's side real hope of staying up, even if they have to face in-form Arsenal at the KC Stadium on Monday night.

But despite recent good results some fans continue to demand the exit of Allam, who has refused to give up on his ambition to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

The dispute has intensified after it was revealed Hull have not spent any of the £200,000 Away Supporters Initiative (ASI) money provided from central Premier League coffers on their own fans.

Instead of subsidising away travel, the club say they have spent the money on improving the match experience at the KC Stadium for visiting supporters.

Mark Gretton, chairman of the Hull City Supporters' Trust, said: "We're bitterly disappointed that the club has once again treated its supporters in an utterly disdainful manner, a manner that, sadly, we are becoming used to."

Co-owner Ehab Allam insists the club's policy falls completely within Premier League guidelines but there were chants of "We want Allam out" at Tuesday's 1-0 win over Liverpool and Bruce has appealed for togetherness for the final few matches of the season.

Bruce said: "Without the owner, let alone not having a team that beats Liverpool, we would not even have a bus.

"Away fans has been the next debate and has provided this undercurrent for the protests. But I keep reminding people that without the owner and something like £70million of his own money there wouldn't be a club. It's frustrating for him, disappointing.

"For goodness' sake, let's go forward together."

Bruce is certain to keep faith with the same line-up that beat Liverpool and Crystal Palace before that, including a remarkable swansong from 40-year-old keeper Steve Harper who has been outstanding since being brought in to replace an out-of-form Allan McGregor.

Bruce added: "He's certainly a calm customer who over two years has never let us down. His experience and positioning has proved what a very, very good goalkeeper he is.

"He can't play week in and week out for a season but he's been a terrific signing when Allan has lost a bit of form."

Bruce should have striker Nikica Jelavic back on the bench against Arsenal - the Croatian striker has been sidelined since having surgery on a knee problem in March.

Bruce tells players they can't afford to relax

Steve Bruce has told his players they cannot cannot afford to relax even though they are on 34 points and have won back-to-back matches in their bid to fight off relegation.

Hull host Arsenal at the KC Stadium on Monday - and Bruce feels there are tough matches to come against Tottenham, Burnley and Manchester United.

"I still think we need a couple of results. It's all still to play for - it's exciting if you are watching from afar but if you are involved in it you have to come out fighting.

"We have seen how competitive and difficult the league is, but back-to-back victories gives us a fantastic chance when a lot of people a week ago were writing us off."

Bruce is expected to keep the same line-up as the side that beat Liverpool on Tuesday but Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic is likely to be on the bench after a knee injury.

Midfielder David Meyler is back from suspension and defender Andy Robertson is also available again after an ankle problem. Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame remains a doubt with a sore knee.

Liverpool fans protest Hull City ticket prices

Two leading Liverpool FC supporter groups have announced plans to boycott their team's trip to the KC later this month because of the away ticket price of £48.

Liverpool fans protest Hull City ticket prices

Spirit of Shankley say that the mark up in price compared to the same fixture last season and compared to other Premier League games at the KC this season is unfair.

With support of the Spion Kop 1906 group, the Spirit of Shankly Management Committee have decided that we will not be attending this match. Instead, we will hold a demonstration at Anfield to voice our displeasure at the disgraceful pricing of Premier League tickets.

In solidarity, many of the regular independent coaches that are organised and travel from Liverpool will also not betravelling to this fixture. Fans can simply not afford to attend every game at the prices that are currently set.

We would encourage fans to join us on that night to tell the money men of the Premier League cartel that they cannot continue to charge exorbitant prices, whilst making obscene amounts of money. This wealth should be shared and passed back to the lifeblood of the game, the supporters.

– Spirit of Shankley

Hull City are yet to comment on the protests.

Sheff Wed announce new advisor appointments

Hull City's former chairman Adam Pearson is returning to football as an advisor to Sheffield Wednesday's new owner Dejphon Chansiri.

Adam Pearson Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pearson, who will remain in control at Super League side Hull FC, will be part of a three man committee to help run the club, alongside former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder, and current Owls boss Stuart Gray.


Court hears ex-Hull City striker's match-fixing allegations

An ex-Premier League footballer "cast his net around" for players in a plot to fix lower league matches, a court heard today.

Former Hull City striker Delroy Facey Credit: Press Association

Former Hull City striker Delroy Facey, 34, is alleged to have become involved in the "ugly side" of his sport by acting as a middleman for two men who have already been convicted of match-fixing.

Facey, who also played for Huddersfield, Lincoln and Rotherham, denies conspiracy to commit bribery and is standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court alongside former non-league player Moses Swaibu.

Football in this case is really nothing more than a means to an end - it's an opportunity to make money. It's described sometimes as the beautiful game but football has an ugly side to it as well, and it's that ugly side we are going to be looking at.

– Nick Mather, prosecutor

Hull City plans to convert Airco arena on hold as "bubble pitch" bid considered

Hull City have announced that they have put plans to convert Airco arena into a 3G football pitch have been put on hold while they consider building a 'bubble pitch' behind the arena.

Plans to convert Airco arena have been put on hold Credit: ITV News

Work was due to start on Tuesday but the Premier League has agreed to push back a deadline by which to review the Academy set-up.

Bruce to make decision on McGregor

Hull boss Steve Bruce is yet to decide whether to drop out-of-form keeper Allan McGregor for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton.

Credit: Press Association

Veteran Steve Harper is on standby to replace McGregor if Bruce opts to give the Scot a rest while he has a number of other selection issues to contend with.

Tom Huddlestone returns from suspension but David Meyler is out after his red card last week while Gaston Ramirez and Nikica Jelavic are also both unavailable. Curtis Davies' thigh injury will be assessed.

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