Adam Pearson backs Phil Brown after returning to Hull City as executive chairman
Published : 02 Nov 2009 10:41:12Rss feed
Pearson was widely expected to sack Brown this morning when he returned to the KC Stadium, following the resignation of chairman Paul Duffen, but he instead effectively told him he has 90 minutes to prove his deserves to keep his job when Stoke visit Hull City on Sunday. 'Phil is the manager of Hull City and he still will be next Sunday,' Pearson said. Hull City bid for Fulham striker Bobby ZamoraMichael Owen and Hull would be match made in heaven, says Peter Taylor'It's a results business but he retains my full support. I'll be there to provide as much support as is possible for the manager. 'I'll bring a fresh pair of eyes to it and hopefully, in conjunction with the manager, we can turn things around on the pitch. "Phil will be manager on Sunday but there's no point me saying he's got a job for life, that's not the case. We need results, quickly, and that puts pressure on everyone at the club." Pearson sat alongside Bartlett to watch Hull in action last weekend in the 2-0 defeat at Burnley that left the club third-bottom of the Premier League with eight points from 11 games, but he remains optimistic despite a dramatic downturn in fortunes. 'I'll be running the club from top to bottom, get it back on track and work strictly within the financial budgets that have been set,' Pearson said. 'I'll be there to provide as much support as is possible for the manager. I'll bring a fresh pair of eyes to it and hopefully, in conjunction with the manager, we can turn things around on the pitch.' Pearson has been brought back to the club by owner Russell Bartlett to tackle the club's mounting financial problems and will have to deal with a Premier league investigation into the sale of Michael Turner to Sunderland last summer. 'We need to get back in shape to make sure the long-term future of the club is secure,' the former Derby chairman and Leeds director said. 'We want to go back to basics and get back in touch with the city of Hull. 'Everyone needs to be brought back together, from the training ground to the stadium. 'We need to get a work ethic back into the KC Stadium, certainly. It's not going to be easy. There needs to be some real graft put back into the club.' With the club's debts spiralling out of control towards the £27-million mark thanks to a £40-million a year wage bill - the seventh highest in the top flight, Pearson is aiming to move players out as quickly as possible. 'It's nothing that's not retrievable,' Pearson said. 'We need to reduce the size of the playing squad, which in the Premier League is the key point, but we're certainly not in a situation where we need to sell players we want to keep. 'We just want to make sure that the club is being run efficiently and prudently. 'The position of the club is manageable going forward, but if it had been left much longer, there was a danger of it becoming more serious. At this stage of the season, it's achievable that we can turn this around.' Pearson, who left Derby last Wednesday following discussions with Bartlett, will also look for fresh investment. 'It's part of my remit to get extra money into the club,' the 45-year-old Pearson added. 'Every Premier League club is in a position where it is looking for external investment. 'It's a big responsibility financially for myself and Russell to manage alone and we are looking to ease that burden and provide a secure foundation for the club.'