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PEARSON: MY FOCUS AND FINANCIAL BACKING IS AT HULL
By Matt Holden | 26/02/2013
Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has moved to reassure Black and Whites supporters that his focus and full financial backing remains at the club following recent rumours of a return to football.
It comes after reports in the national and regional press linking him with a takeover of Championship side Leeds United, a club he has previously worked for as commercial director.
But speaking in an interview with Hull FC Live, the club’s exclusive online subscription service, Pearson has quashed suggestions of a move to Elland Road or elsewhere, insisting his only focus is on helping Hull FC climb the table and compete with Super League’s best for silverware.
He said, “It’s a funny one because Hull FC is mine. I own the club, it’s my baby and I want to grow and develop it. Football is my business and I’ll always get rumours and connections in football as that’s my industry.
“Leeds is a club that I live close to and I’ve worked there before so I understand how big a club it is but at this minute in time, it’s not for me. My focus is completely on Hull FC and my other business interests.
“There’ll be no movement to Elland Road in the near future. This is my complete focus and so I’d like to squash those rumours once and for all. I’ve not made a single comment in the press about it and all my focus and financial backing is on this club.”
Pearson continued, “I’m incredibly passionate about the club. Watching the team and the commitment and effort they put in, and the supporters are so passionate about the club, you can’t help but reach those levels of passion yourself.
“Certainly I won’t be leaving FC until there’s some silverware and we’re established as a top Super League club. I want to win something and try to get into that top four.
“There are some really strong clubs who all want to do the same thing, with some good owners and some good coaches. We’ll just keep battling away but it won’t be a lack of effort or a lack of commitment if we don’t reach those goals. We are going to be going all out to make sure we succeed here.”
Pearson was speaking to Hull FC Live as part of an interview that also saw him comment on the recent Johnny Whiteley saga for the first time as well as discuss his plans to develop the club on and off the field in the near future, including recruitment for 2014.
Other topics up for discussion include his thoughts on Hull’s start to the season and what winning a Challenge Cup at Wembley would mean to him.
To listen to the full and exclusive interview, sign up to Hull FC Live today. The online package is available for Black and Whites supporters to purchase now and will be priced at £5.99 per month or the bargain price of £60 for the full year.
Click here to buy a Hull FC Live subscription for one year or six months, or pay monthly via Direct Debit by signing up at the Hull FC reception next to the club’s retail store at the KC Stadium.
Existing subscribers can click here to watch the full interview with Pearson on www.hullfclive.co.uk