The feel-good factor around Sheffield United immediately after their promotion has well and truly vanished.
The fans and the players have stopped their singing and their drinking, and the reality has set in. The Blades are headed to the Premier League, but their club is in a bit of a mess.
Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s long-term feud has come to a head now, and the pair have been in high court disputing the ownership of the club for almost a month now.
It’s tough to call which direction this hearing will go, but one thing is for sure – Sheffield United fans will be praying that McCabe is the victor.
The 71-year-old was brought up in the Steel City and has been a lifelong Blades fan, and although United fans have had their complaints about the chairman he has always had their best interests at heart.
Whereas the Prince has used Sheffield United’s poor position as his gateway into English football, he bought 50% of the club for a cut-price fee, even admitting immediately afterwards that he looked at other teams.
The Prince came with all the promise in the world, with the club website stating that he would bring ‘substantial new capital’ to the club.
The reality is that since the Saudi Arabian got involved with the Yorkshire outfit not much has changed. Their record transfer fee has been broken once, but that was a fee of just £4m which isn’t much for a team as big as Sheffield United.
The latest developments in the case have said that Chris Wilder may walk away if the Prince gains total control.
This would, of course, be a disaster for the Yorkshire outfit as Wilder has undoubtedly been the catalyst for their rise from League One to the Premier League.
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Losing him would be catastrophic and above anything else, United fans will be praying that their boss stays.
If McCabe does prevail in this battle for ownership he has admitted he would sell the club. This alone should excite Blades fans – McCabe has already made the mistake once of selling to the wrong person and he surely wouldn’t do it again.
Sheffield United are one of the most valuable clubs in the country now that they’re in the Premier League, and a new owner could bring about the ‘substantial new capital’ they were promised all those years ago when the Prince acquired half of the club.