A new appointment has been made to the board of Sheffield United FC (SUFC), it was announced today.
Jan Van Winckel, who holds a UEFA Pro License and is a technical expert for FIFA, has joined the Blades board. Mr Van Winckel is also an expert panel member for the Asian Football Confederation in Coach Education and Youth Development. He also joins the board of the holding company, Blades Leisure Limited (BLL).
Aged 43, Mr Van Winckel led the Saudi Arabian football team, as chairman of the technical committee, to the World Cup in Russia. He also held several coaching jobs and was for several years the assistant manager of the famous coach Marcelo Bielsa at Olympique de Marseille in France.
Jan graduated with a Masters in Sports Science and Business Economy from the University of Leuven and is still attached as a researcher to the Biomedical Kinesiology Department of Prof. Helsen.
Mr Van Winckel noted: "I am very proud to be part of this club with its amazing fans and rich history. In the last months I have looked in admiration to the work of Chris Wilder and his staff and the work in the Academy. I hope that my experience can contribute to the overall development of the Blades."
Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad observed: "Jan is someone whom I have known for a while now. He is an experienced football man and we are delighted to have him as part of the team at board level."