Kevin McCabe fears for “the future of Chris Wilder” at Sheffield United with Prince Abdullah as owner.
McCabe lost his legal battle with the Saudi prince on Monday. The High Court ruled that Prince Abdullah would take full control of the Blades, with McCabe having to sell his 50 per cent stake to him for £5m.
The 70-year-old – who has been involved with the club for the past 25 years – will also have to sell his properties. According to the Daily Mail this includes Bramall Lane itself, the training ground, a hotel and offices. This is on top of the £5m and it’s believed are worth in excess of £50m.
The report outlines that should McCabe appeal the decision, he will be banned from the club. This is despite supporting them since being a boy and having been a director, chairman and owner at various points.
What Kevin McCabe thinks about the future of Chris Wilder
McCabe has doubts about the future of United under the ownership of Prince Abdullah. He is also concerned that Wilder’s position as manager is under threat.
“I’ve many misgivings over the suitability of Prince Abdullah being in control of Sheffield United,” he told talkSPORT.
“The future of the club, the future of Chris Wilder, the future of season ticket holders, I have hesitation and concern about all of those aspects of Sheffield United.
“I really want someone to take over who understands what Sheffield United means to the supporters and the city. I question as to whether Prince Abdullah has the suitability to be leading as the owner of Sheffield United.”
McCabe has not yet stated whether he will appeal. Yet he had previously made it clear that had he won the case, he would have sold the club.
As the Sheffield Star reports, North American investment company ALK Capital LLC had been lined up as the new owners. They are headed by Alan Pace and Dave Checketts, who have previous football experience at MLS franchise Real Salt Lake City.