Prince steps down as Blades’ co-chairman

Sheffield United co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has stepped down from the Blades’ board.

The Prince has been named Saudi Arabia’s President of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare (the equivalent of the Minister of Sport in the UK).

The new role means he will have less time to devote to boardroom duties, and the Prince’s principal adviser Jim Phipps will take over as co-chairman, alongside Kevin McCabe.

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“It is an honour to be chosen by the King to fulfill this role,” said Prince Abdullah. “It does mean it will have an impact on the time I can give to being co-chairman although my commitment to the Blades remains unchanged.

“I am 1,000 per cent committed to the club, its vision and determined to see it achieve its goals. Serving on the board has been a highlight of my career. I am sad to step away for a time from active participation in club affairs, but my son, Prince Abdulrahman, will carry the torch for me on the board and my adviser and friend, Jim Phipps, will serve as co-chairman with my partner, Kevin McCabe.”

Prince Abdullah added: “Once a Blade always a Blade. Nothing else changes. Last year, we set serious goals for where we, as Blades, intend to take this club. Those goals and the resources to achieve them are still committed.”

Co-owner McCabe said: “This is an honour and a prestigious appointment for the Prince. All at Sheffield United are delighted for him. Jim in his short time as a director has brought many positives to the club and I am sure his new role will be welcomed by staff and fans alike.”

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He had agreed to leave Bolton, but the 55-year-old now intends to take a coaching position at a Premier League club – believed to be with Southampton.