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Blades driven on by special partnership

4 February 2017

Unity and partnership are at the heart of United's drive to reach the Championship.


Whilst the arrival of Chris Wilder in the close season has had a positive affect across all areas of the Club, including its remarkable fan base where home attendances have averaged over 20,000, the co-owners have set a framework for the Blades to move forward.


Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have quietly pushed ahead with plans which have seen:
- The reshaping of the first team squad with the signing (transfers or loans) by Chris Wilder of 16 players, including January transfer window recruits Samir Carruthers and James Hanson
- The continued success of the U18 and U23 squads
- A clear pathway for young players from the Academy and age group squads to receive first team opportunities


In addition, Mr McCabe, supported by sons Simon and Scott, and Prince Abdullah, represented by directors Selahattin Baki and Tareq Hawasli, (see caption) are driving forward other developments at the Club which have seen:
- The significant development of Ladies football
- The strengthening of commercial incomes, including the partnership with the Hualing Group
- Plans drawn up for enhanced use of the stadium on non-match days and in the close season


"It has been exciting to see a season of progress across all aspects of the Club after too many seasons of disappointment," said co-owner Kevin McCabe.


"We are hopeful that with our squad management planning and some good fortune we can stay at the top of the division and finally make it back to the Championship.


"We are driven by unity and partnership as a Club but particularly through the commitment of the Prince and I, where we are in regular dialogue with the clear aim of taking United forward."


Kevin's comments were echoed by Prince Abdullah, who because of busy schedules, must rely on watching the Blades online or via a video link. He said: "Kevin and I enjoy a strong relationship. We talk frequently, meet when we can (travel arrangements permitting) and have developed a partnership with the best interests of the Blades at its heart.


"We know where we want to take this Club. Before the season started we agreed we required a manager who could end the frustrations on the pitch and address the playing and financial issues of re-building the playing squad.


"It has been a pleasure to see and share with Kevin how Chris Wilder is focussing on these areas and making a difference."


* The team driving United forward: From left to right (back): Martin Green, Chris Howard, (advisor to the Prince), Tareq Hawasli, Simon McCabe, Stephen Bettis; front: Selahattin Baki, Prince Abdullah, Chris Wilder, Kevin McCabe and Scott McCabe.