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Prince involved in Adkins appointment

8 June 2015

Co-chairman Jim Phipps says Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was instrumental in the process of appointing Nigel Adkins as United's new first-team manager.

Prince Abdullah acquired a 50 per cent stake in United in 2013, but was forced to relinquish his position as co-chairman after taking up the role of general president of youth welfare in his native Saudi Arabia.

But Phipps, the Prince's principal advisor, says he still has a burning desire to see the Club make a return to England's second tier and beyond in the coming years.

"The Prince was involved in every step of the process," Phipps revealed. "He spoke with Nigel before he was unveiled to the Press, was aware of every person we've spoken to and interviewed and was kept up to date with the entire process of the managerial change.

"His role, which is effectively his country's Minister for Sport, is a very full-time job and, as a result, he doesn't have a great deal of time to devote to United. But he remains a very avid follower of the Club and at times, he thinks very much like a supporter - especially after a defeat!

"He truly is a real football guy but can't devote enough time to the project, which is why I - alongside his son and Selahattin Baki - do it for him."

The American added: "Sela, too, was a big part of the managerial process; he and I travelled around a lot to meet and talk to people, and I am very happy that all that hard work has paid off and we have appointed the man we wanted, Nigel Adkins.

"With management and the Board, the Prince will be vocal in support of winning tactics and strategies. I have described him before as strategically patient, but tactically impatient. He hates to lose. He expects performance from management teams.

"Wins are the measure in this business. He is very direct about things he does not like or wants changed.

"That said, he has a steady hand, very cool under pressure and he is a good listener. The Prince has acknowledged that the work before us is not the kind of thing that can be easily achieved in a couple of years.

"He knows how competitive English football is and how hard it can be to get where you want to go, but the Prince is committed and determined to go where he said this Club needs to go."​

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