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Owls sack Gray

Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with manager Stuart Gray.

Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with manager Stuart Gray. Credit: Press Association

The 55-year-old came to the club in 2012 as part of Dave Jones' backroom staff and was appointed head coach in January 2014.

The Owls finished thirteenth in the Championship this season and were taken over by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri in January.

In a statement, Mr Chansiri said, "This is not a decision I have taken lightly but one that I believe is in the best interests of our club ahead of the 2015/16 season. The club will be taking a new direction next season and it is my belief that the appointment of a new head coach will help achieve my desire of bringing Premier League football back to Hillsborough.

“I would like to thank Stuart for his hard work and diligence on behalf of Sheffield Wednesday and wish him all the very best moving forward.”

Pearson reaffirms commitment to Hull

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has moved quickly to reaffirm his commitment to the Super League club in the wake of his appointment as executive director at Leeds United.

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Pearson has returned to Elland Road, where he was previously involved through his various roles in football, which also included a brief recent spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

However, Pearson, who bought Hull in 2011, wants to put supporters' minds at rest by insisting he remains 'totally committed' to the black and whites.

"I have continued to be involved with opportunities elsewhere in sport and business but that changes nothing in terms of my responsibilities and ownership at Hull FC," he said on the club's website hullfc.com.

"Joining the board at Leeds United is an exciting prospect and one I'm looking forward to after a number roles in football in the past.

"However, I remain totally committed to Hull FC, having made a big commitment and contribution to the club, both emotionally and financially, and look forward to seeing the club continue to grow.

"I remain financially committed to the club for the long term and believe wholeheartedly that the management team I have in place will drive the club forwards, both within performance and administration."

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

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Gray happy at Hillsborough despite advisor appointments

Sheffield Wednesday Head Coach Stuart Gray assured fans he is happy at Hillsborough after the club's new owners appointed a former manager and club owner to work with him.

Former Hull City owner Adam Pearson and ex-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder were appointed earlier this week.

But today Gray assured fans he is entirely happy with the situation.

Owls Vice Chairman to leave club

Sheffield Wednesday has announced that the club's Vice Chairman, Paul Aldridge, will leave Hillsborough at the end of next season.

The news follows the appointments of Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder as advisors to new chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

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.

Millers fan dies after South Yorkshire derby

A Rotherham United fan has died after falling ill ahead of the Millers' South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.

A fan died ahead of the game at the New York Stadium Credit: Press Association

The club says the man fell ill before kick off, but died later in hospital.

Rotherham United are very saddened to learn this evening of the passing of one of our supporters after they were taken ill prior to kick off at today's game with Sheffield Wednesday. After the supporter was taken ill the club were later informed that the individual passed away in hospital. Everyone at Rotherham United FC would like to extend our deep condolences to family members and friends of the individual at this time. Our thoughts are with them.

– Rotherham United

It is also reported that a Sheffield Wednesday fan remains in hospital after the game.

South Yorkshire Police say the match, which dramatically finished 3-2 to The Owls, passed without incident and that there was no disorder.

The match passed without incident and the operation ran smoothly. We hope all fans had a safe and enjoyable afternoon.

– Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth
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