Hoos is new Chief Executive at Turf Moor
By Tony Scholes
Updated Wednesday, 7th December 2011
American Lee Hoos, formerly with Fulham, Southampton and Leicester City, is Burnley Football Club's new Chief Executive and will take over from Paul Fletcher on Tuesday next week after the annual general meeting.
Hoos is a 50-year-old from Maryland, USA, and first got into football in England after working for Mohammed Al Fayed at Harrods and then at Fulham. After eight years at Craven Cottage he became the chief executive of both Southampton in 2006, working for the south coast club at the time that the duck shooting Rupert Lowe was chairman.
In the summer of 2008 he moved to Leicester where one of his early decisions was to appoint Nigel Pearson, who had been at Southampton in the previous season, as the new manager. He arrived just as Leicester had been relegated and in his two years there they won a promotion and then reached the Championship play offs.
He left in October of last year with Burnley Football Club today signalling his return to football with his appointment at Turf Moor.
Hoos said: "It's a privilege to be named as Chief Executive of Burnley Football Club and I am absolutely delighted to be joining a club that, in my opinion, is going places. Burnley has an excellent Board of Directors and, as a long standing admirer, a very, very good manager in Eddie Howe.
"I know the people - and chairman Barry Kilby in particular - because I have been in football here for a while now and when I heard about the opportunity to work here it was a chance I couldn't pass up. I come here with high hopes and the number one priority has to be to get this club back into the Premier League.
"That's the shared vision of everybody at the club and in my opinion everybody has a part to play. Burnley has already shown that can be achieved and there is no reason at all why we can't get back there again."
Chairman Barry Kilby, in welcoming the new man said: "I would like to say a very big thank you to Paul (Fletcher) for making such a solid contribution to the club in the past three years.
"Lee has previously worked under Mohamed Al Fayed at Fulham, managed during a difficult situation at Southampton and then worked under Milan Mandaric at Leicester. Dealing with such varied situations, handing tough financial problems and then working with some very powerful people means he brings a wealth of experience here.
"I have no doubt he will be a big appointment as he carries out the policy of the Board of Directors."
Paul Fletcher will remain at the club until the end of the season. The former Burnley striker has, somewhat unfairly in my view, been labelled as the man with the megaphone and the bread bin stand.
He's certainly been very supportive of Clarets Mad and our relationship with him during his time back at Turf Moor has been nothing short of excellent. I now wish the new man well and hope he can take the club forward, something we all very much want.