David Weir’s presence as manager was a critical factor behind Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abulaziz Al Saud’s decision to make a multi-million pound investment in Sheffield United, writes James Shield.
Director Scott McCabe, who helped broker the deal which saw Prince Abdullah acquire 50 per cent of the League One club’s parent company earlier this week, made the admission ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with neighbours Rotherham.
“David impressed the prince immensely throughout the negotiations,” McCabe told The Star. “He (Weir) made a presentation to the prince and his advisors and they spoke in very complimentary terms about his ideas and attention to detail.
“There were a number of reasons why the prince wanted to come on board and it is fair to say that David was among them. He was a vital part of that.”
Prince Abdullah, who will attend the derby at New York Stadium, also paid tribute to United’s “history and heritage” after becoming their co-owner on Tuesday.
“I am delighted to invest in such a sensibly organised family and community club,” he said. “I am determined to see it achieve its goals.”