Leeds United: Cellino has no plans to replace Pearson

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has no plans to appoint a new chief executive despite Adam Pearson’s dramatic resignation.

The YEP understands that Cellino will personally pick up much of Pearson’s workload in the wake of the 50-year-old’s sudden departure from Elland Road.

Pearson ended a four-month spell as executive director when he tendered his resignation to Cellino over the weekend.

He and the Italian met on Sunday before speaking again at Elland Road on Monday to finalise his exit.

Pearson’s departure was formally announced after last night’s 1-0 defeat to Ipswich Town.

The former Hull City owner helped Cellino to manage an eventful summer and was seen as a key influence behind the most settled spell of Cellino’s time as majority shareholder.

Head coach Uwe Rosler described himself as “devastated” by the news of Pearson’s resignation and Cellino used a club statement to thank Pearson for his “efforts and his loyalty”.

Pearson assumed the role of executive director in May, shortly after Cellino returned to United at the end of his Football League ownership ban.

A source close to the club told the YEP that Cellino would be “doubling his workload” following Pearson’s exit and was not planning to look for a replacement.