SHEFFIELD UNITED: Lane legend Tony’s job is under threat

Tony Currie at St Wlfrids Centre,Queens Rd,Sheffield
Tony Currie at St Wlfrids Centre,Queens Rd,Sheffield
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SHEFFIELD United legend Tony Currie is believed to be one of those whose job is under threat in a round of redundancies at Bramall Lane.

Fans’ favourite Currie who played 313 games for the Blades , scoring 54 goals in an eight season long spell, is understood to be a possible casualty of club’s plan to lay off more than a third of its staff following failure to gain promotion from League One.

Currie, who fans know affectionately as TC, left the Lane to join Leeds in a £250,000 transfer in 1976.

He later went on to play for Queens Park Rangers, Southend United, and Torquay United before finally hanging up his boots in 1984.

Capped 28 times for England, Currie returned to Bramall Lane in February 1988 when he was appointed United’s Football in the Community co-ordinator, a position he has filled since.

Fans were promised the chance of meeting Currie when they visited a suite named in his honour at the ground.

But United’s website now states fans have a chance to meet ‘a former legend’.

Currie was not available for comment when contacted by The Star.

A club spokesman said: “The process of consultation with staff facing the threat of redundancy has begun.

“But due to rules of confidentiality it would be wrong for us to confirm or deny the names of anyone who may be put under threat.”

The Blades are being forced to make cuts after narrowly failing to be promoted to the Championship last season.

Television revenue is minimal in League One, accounting for just a few hundred thousand pounds.

Non-playing staff are at risk at Bramall Lane, inlcuidng workers in management roles, administration, ground-keeping and maintenance.