New co-chairman Jim Phipps has moved to reassure Sheffield United fans that it will be business as usual at Bramall Lane, following Prince Abdullah’s resignation from the club’s board.
As The Star revealed on Saturday, the Prince has been appointed the new general president of youth welfare - the Saudi equivalent of this country’s Minister for Sport.
Phipps, the Prince’s Principal Advisor and fellow Bramall Lane board member, has been appointed co-chairman alongside Kevin McCabe.
“It’s a mixture of emotions,” he admitted. “It was unplanned, with the Prince landing his new role, but it’s also humbling, exciting and a little bit terrifying, too.
“It’s an honour to be here - Kevin is a great man and we have a great working relationship already, so not a lot changes in reality.
“I’ve been representing the Prince since we arrived a year ago, and I’m still doing that on a day-to-day basis so from that point of view, it’s very much business as usual.”
Although Saudi protocol led to Prince Abdullah’s resignation, his financial commitment to the South Yorkshire club remains - and his son, Abdulraham Bin Abdullah, remains as a director of Blades Leisure Ltd.
“I think Blades supporters are becoming increasingly confident that they have a good ownership team in place,” Phipps added.
“Which, of course, they do. The Prince remains very committed and his time here has been one of the highlights of his career so far.
“He’s now a very busy man as he’s effectively back to working full-time, but I still expect to see him and his family around Bramall Lane when his commitments allow.”
Phipps confirmed that the Prince may return as co-chairman in the future.