Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad has explained exactly why he has backed Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane.
Despite overseeing the worst start in Premier League history, Wilder remains in charge of the Blades and is currently leading United on a mini resurgence in terms of results.
A lack of January signings has led some fans to believe that there are issues between board and management on some levels. However, speaking to Talksport yesterday, Prince Abduallah sought to clarify the reason no signings were made.
And after making his point on that decision, Abdullah explained the efforts he’d gone too to ensure Wilder remained his man in charge.
“It’s almost impossible to get an exemption to leave the country at the moment. But I got one and flew over to meet Chris face to face to tell him that he is our coach and we are going to stick with him regardless,” Prince Abduallah said.
“There are other things we can do better. But the main message is that we are behind you and we will not fire you. We believe you can pull us from this and even if you don’t, we will stick by you in the Championship. It would have been easy to pull the trigger, but we did not do that.”
The Blades won a crucial game in midweek against West Brom to keep up their faint hopes of survival. However, a win for Brighton at Liverpool didn’t help, and United remain 11 points adrift of safety.
An ‘old school’ method, but this is nice to hear from Prince Abdullah
In a modern world full of all the technology you can dream of for communication purposes, it’s great to see Prince Abdullah adopted the old school method of a face to face conversation.
Wilder, although he shrugs of questions over his future, will have appreciated the effort and message from the owner.
It’s exactly what Sheffield United fans wanted to hear. Just a few weeks on from rumours circulating that Wilder may have tendered his resignation, it seems the entire club can move on and is more settled.
It’s little surprise, then, that we have seen an upturn in form on the field as well if things off the field are that little bit calmer.