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Press conference - key points

19 September 2019

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Here are the key points from today's press conference at Bramall Lane.

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On the top table, right-to-left, were:
H.H. Prince Musa'ad bin Khalid bin Musa'ad Al Sa'ud - Chairman
Chris Wilder - Manager
H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud - Owner
Stephen Bettis - Chief Executive Officer


H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud provides an opening address...

"I think it is a huge responsibility to be owner of this cub. It is a club with a huge tradition, a big fan base. I can assure everyone that we will work hard to make the fans proud and to make everything better. I, and my team, are 100% committed to the club. As I said a few days ago, I hope five years from now when the fans will look back at this day, things will be much better with Chris taking us to a bigger and better place."


H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud on...

The start to the season...
"I am really happy with the start to the season. I think we play very good football; we have shown we can compete with anybody. We were unlucky in some games. I love the way we play - and I'm very optimistic. The football we play is beautiful, and I give full credit to Chris. I am also happy with the players we have, and the last transfer window. All the players we brought, they have shown good character, energy, skills so I am optimistic, but we know we are in a very tough league."

The importance of Chris Wilder as boss...
"We are blessed to have Chris. The results and more importantly the way we play, speaks for itself. Chris is the face of this great club. As the crowd like to say, he is one of us. I have good harmony with Chris, and we'll always work together to make this team better."

The plans for the future...
"Actions speak louder than words. In the last transfer window, Chris and Stephen (Bettis) know we fought hard when it was time to sign (Oli) McBurnie. I stepped up and I supported the decision and gave guarantees to the club for my own money.

"We want to run the club responsibly because we have seen many examples in the past of clubs over-spending and going back to The Championship and they suffer."


Chris Wilder's on the future...
When asked if he is excited for the future, the manager responded...

"100%. I think any manager will tell you the ideal scenario would be for them to be able to get on with their jobs to the best of abilities. Respecting the owners of any football club, because they are the owners, but ultimately, they are the custodians. From my point of view there are only a couple of times that I have expressed a touch of frustration towards Prince Abdullah and Kevin McCabe. In the majority of times they have allowed me to do my job, to get on with my job, to do the job to the best of my ability - and to support me and Stephen Bettis to run the club to the best of our ability which we have done over the last three years.

"I have been in contact with Prince Abdullah right the way through my time here and looking back at that period it has ultimately been a very successful one. I don't think if there were problems from manager to board level, we would have had the success we have achieved.

"From my point of view, I said from the day I came in, I will talk openly and honestly about the running of the club, but in general the success we have had is testament to the support I was given by both owners."


H.H. Prince Musa'ad bin Khalid bin Musa'ad Al Sa'ud on his role...
"My role will be to drive the strategy forward. We will work together with Chris and Stephen sustaining the club. We want to be a Premier League club; we want to have a sustainable football club. It is business as usual. Prince Abdullah was one of the owners since 2013, and Chris and Stephen have had a fantastic journey. We will work together; we will stick together, and we will lift each other upwards."


Stephen Bettis on having clarity going forward...
"There is a lot of noise outside the club itself, which now will hopefully go away and we can just focus on doing our job. I will say during the period both Prince Abdullah and Kevin were extremely sensible in the way they handled their differences to ensure it didn't hugely affect us on a day-to-day basis.

"Chris and I have only ever known the club have two owners, at times it is nicer to have one owner because there is one decision, and you know the strategy and you know how to drive it forward. We are optimistic for the future."


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