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Adam Pearson jokes life at Leeds is more productive without Massimo Cellino

Leeds chief executive made the quip to SkySports.

Leeds United are a club moving in the right direction, and it says everything about the confidence at Elland Road at the moment that Adam Pearson feels comfortable enough to joke about owner Massimo Cellino.

When Pearson was appointed as chief executive in May, he was introduced in a farcical press conference led by Cellino.

Since then the club have made huge strides off the field, yesterday clinching their seventh summer signing by bringing in Stuart Dallas from Brentford.

Pearson was interviewed by SkySports as part of their 92Live coverage on Tuesday, touring every ground in England's top four leagues, and said that the deal was completed despite Cellino's current absence from Elland Road.

He quipped: "He's on holiday at the moment which has been great, we've got a lot done in the last two weeks."

Pearson's mood illustrated the confidence he has in his role at the club, a far cry from that opening presser when he looked as though he was unsure quite what he had let himself in for.

He is expecting Leeds to have a crowd of 30,000 fans for the season's home opener against Burnley, positive that supporters are buying into the strides the club are making off the field.

He went onto add that he had found Cellino a pleasure to work with, commenting: "I've found him great, he's got massive passion and is very energetic." He also went onto praise Cellino for coming up with the money to push through the transfer for Chris Wood, when negotiations had looked like falling flat.

Pearson added: "We've brought seven players in moved and 16 out. I think we'll have a good season. We are cutting the wage bill down, and we look stronger in all areas of the pitch. Uwe Rosler has done a great job."

The feelgood factor appears to be back at Leeds, and Pearson has to take huge credit for steadying the ship, but Cellino is deserving of some too, for having the nous to appoint him in the first place.

Now all the club need are performances on the pitch and results to back up the positivity.

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