Sheffield United today welcomed the appointment of the Club's co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to one of the highest profile roles in his home country of Saudi Arabia.
Whilst remaining co-owner of the Blades with Kevin McCabe, the Prince's future commitments in his own country, where he becomes President of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare (the equivalent of the Minister of Sport in the UK), means he will step down as co-chairman.
The effect on the Club's Board proceedings will be seamless as the Prince's Principal Advisor, Jim Phipps, has been requested to manage HRH's interests at Sheffield United.
"It is an honour to be chosen by the King to fulfill this role," said Prince Abdullah. "It does mean it will have an impact on the time I can give to being co-chairman although my commitment to the Blades remains unchanged. I am 1,000 per cent committed to the Club, its vision and determined to see it achieve its goals.
"Serving on the board has been a highlight of my career. I am sad to step away for a time from active participation in club affairs, but my son, Prince Abdulrahman, will carry the torch for me on the board and my advisor and friend, Jim Phipps, will serve as Co-Chairman with my partner, Kevin McCabe."
Prince Abdullah added: "Once a Blade always a Blade. Nothing else changes. Last year, we set serious goals for where we, as Blades, intend to take this club. Those goals and the resources to achieve them are still committed."
While the appointment is for an open period, Prince Abdullah said: "When he appointed me, King Abdullah outlined specific objectives, which I hope to accomplish in a timely and business-like manner."
Co-owner Kevin McCabe said: "This is an honour and a prestigious appointment for the Prince. All at Sheffield United are delighted for him.
"Jim in his short time as a director has brought many positives to the Club and I am sure his new role will be welcomed by staff and fans alike."
Prince Abdullah, a former president of Saudi Arabia's most successful club Al-Hilal is a prominent Saudi businessman and industrialist. He is founded the publicly-listed Saudi Paper Manufacturing Group, the largest paper tissue manufacturer in the Middle East.
His son, Abdulraham Bin Abdullah remains as a director of Blades Leisure Ltd.