Sports entrepreneur Adam Pearson has vowed to make a comeback to football and named Leeds United as his dream club to do so.
The current Hull FC rugby league president has also underlined the importance of Leeds’ return to the Premier League for the city’s economy. “Having 30 Premier League footballers in a city, buying dinner and gifts is like having 30 small businesses,” he said.
Pearson, who looks to the recruiting market with Pro Sports Recruitment (PSR), is well known to Yorkshire and Humber sports fans, having served on the boards of some of our bigger clubs.
He previously owned and chaired Hull City and Derby County football clubs and is a former manager of Leeds United. Speaking to Insider, he also insisted he would be making a return to the game.
“I will definitely come back to football,” said Pearson. “I’m just looking for the right opportunity. I would love to be part of a consortium with a club that has huge potential.”
When asked for a name, he added: “The one that stands out is Leeds United.”
Dubai-based private equity group GFH Capital, a subsidiary of Bahraini investment bank Gulf Finance House, became the 100% shareholder of Leeds United in November.
Former owner Ken Bates will remain president until the end of the 2012-13 season, when he becomes president.
The new owners have pledged to inject funds for working capital and to support manager Neil Warnock’s desire to strengthen the team.
Pearson says it was essential to the local economy that Leeds had a top-notch football club.
“Everyone in Leeds needs this club back in the Premier League. A city of this size should have a Premier League club.”
Pearson started PSR in late 2012 with an old friend Tony Doherty, owner of Leeds-based recruiter Tigercom. The company aims to provide a tailor-made search tool for sports organizations “from the ticket office to the boardroom”.
“It’s an idea we’ve had for a few years. The sports industry needs services just like other industries,” said Pearson, Managing Partner.
He said PSR has a database of more than 2,000 people who work in the professional sports industry or have transferable skills, adding that it already works with “half a dozen” football clubs. of the Premier League.
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