Sheffield United appear no closer to being taken over by Dozy Mmobuosi, despite his appearance at this week’s clash with Reading.
The Blades won 1-0 in front of the potential new owner at the Madejski. A goal from Iliman Ndiaye was enough to seal a huge three points. It means United now sit seven points clear of Middlesbrough in third with two league games to go until the international break.
But off the field, matters don’t seem to be progressing as many would like. United remain under transfer embargo, while the club has been silent on matters involving Mmobuosi’s purchase of the club.
And according to the Sheffield Star, the delay in the deal being ratified could be down to former United chief executive, Trevor Birch.
Birch currently sits as CEO for the EFL. He was previously in a similar role with Sheffield United and The Star is reporting how Birch is said to be taking a particular interest in Mmobuosi’s takeover due to his links with Bramall Lane.
The EFL have ramped up their fit and proper persons tests and protocols in recent years. A number of dire scenarios at clubs like Bury, Southend and Derby have ramped the pressure up on the EFL.
Birch, it seems, is keen to ensure United don’t fall into any sort of trap.
Sheffield United News View: Fans can be thankful this deal is being fine tooth combed
The last thing Sheffield United fans want in a takeover is a new owner who has got hold of the club by being a bit of a chancer. Of course, that’s not us saying Dozy Mmobuosi is that person. But we have seen other clubs being run into the ground by owners who have, essentially, lied.
We saw how Henry Mauriss tried to buy the club and is now in prison. That’s a result of the EFL’s tests weeding things out before he got his hands on the club.
In a way, it’s good news for Blades fans that Birch seems to be taking a keen interest here. Yes, we all want the embargo lifted and it would be great if Mmobuosi is indeed what we all hope he is.
But for now, the EFL seem to be doing their job. And as fans, that’s all we can ask for in what is a huge moment for the club.