Former Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo says the club need to replace Adam Pearson, and not with Massimo Cellino.
Former Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo has told TV Yorkshire that the club need to replace Adam Pearson.
Pearson resigned this week, much to the shock of fans, telling the club website that he needed to concentrate on his other role at Hull KR.
He had been in post as chief executive since May, and had brought a period of stability to the club when they badly needed it.
Matteo says Leeds can't hang about, and believes his exit is a real blow for the Championship side.
He said: "I'm really gutted for the club and for Adam really. I thought he was doing a steady job behind the scenes, there wasn't the usual madness going on, it had quietened down. Whatever the resons are I wish him well but I think it's a massive loss to us and I wouldn't wait around to replace him, because I don't think he is going to come back.
"There must be people about who can do a similar job. Maybe ask Adam, for his advice, can you recommend anyone?"
This however appears not to be case, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting this week that owner Massimo Cellino prefers not to replace Pearson, and wants to double his own workload by taking on the chief executive's responsibilities.
Matteo is not so sure about this, and believes the Italian should remain in the background as he has done in previous months.
He said: "I always think they (owners) shouldn't really be heard really, stay in the back, nice and quiet, let the chief executive run the football club. Now it's an important period for us, we're not that far up the table, I think Massimo is going to have his hands full the next two or three months if he is working on his own."
One fear, rightly or wrongly, was that Pearson was a buffer in between trigger happy owner Cellino and head coach Uwe Rosler.
With results poor on the pitch, Leeds need a run of wins now more than ever, to at least give Rosler a chance of getting to 2016.