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Premier League preparations underway

9 May 2019

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Boss Chris Wilder and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Bettis say United's philosophy, identity and approach won't change following promotion to the Premier League.

Squad strengthening, infrastructure developments and improvements are already works in progress according to the two men in key roles with regards to United's continued development as a football club.

Bettis remarked: "We start with a budget that we all agree, but things do move and things do change, you never know what will happen and we will be reactive to it.

"But like Chris says, nothing changes, we're going to do our business like we have done for the last two or three years.

"We're not going to overpay for players, we're going to pay the right price for players, who will be assets to this football club, if it's not broke don't fix it."

Bettis added: "The Premier League is a world stage and we're now fortunate enough to be in there. We're in final talks with a new shirt sponsor, an international company, which will be the biggest commercial deal this club has ever done in it's history.

"It'll be a significant figure, which will boost the income into the football club and it'll be used to strengthen the squad for the coming seasons.

"Initially there is the work to be done to meet Premier League requirements, for example, new floodlights and hard wiring, a stadium fit for Sky television to come into.

"There is media rooms and media suites needing to be built too, so there is a huge amount of work to be done in the next 12 weeks within the stadium itself.

"We're very mindful of the facilities we've got at the training ground, we're going to be trying to attract new players into the building and we want better facilities there too and we're talking and looking at plans at the moment."

On strengthening the playing squad, Wilder added: "We want to invest in young players, players who can step up to this level, but we've also got to be realistic in the fact that we might be relegated and that's not me being defeatist because we'll be going all out to win games of football.

"You look at the likes of Burnley and Bournemouth, stability is key. Burnley have dropped down previously and got back up, Bournemouth have managed to stay up and so have Brighton, that's when you hit the jackpot a bit.

"We are teachers, with the likes of Fleck and O'Connell who've we've improved and others players along the way. The players are on the journey, but it's still early days, there are still games left on the football calendar, with certain players who we might be interested in involved.

"We've had our success by working extremely hard and looking around. If the budget is flexible and can move that's good, but importantly I believe I've got the trust of Steve and the board to spend the money properly."


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