Showdown: Robson summoned for talks with McCabe

KEVIN McCabe, Sheffield United's plc chairman, has summoned manager Bryan Robson to a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday as the club plot their response to the stormy scenes which followed Saturday's draw with Scunthorpe.

Robson, who will be accompanied on the plane to McCabe's Belgian headquarters by football board chairman Terry Robinson, was forced to endure yet more calls for his head as supporters voiced their displeasure at United's failure to break down opponents who spent 80 minutes of the game toiling with 10 men.

Around 1,000 angry supporters gathered in the Bramall Lane car-park to demand Robson's dismissal immediately after the stalemate which leaves United 17th in the table ahead of tomorrow's visit to West Bromwich Albion.

But while Robson's position is certainly under threat - he will be asked by McCabe to provide an honest and detailed appraisal of United's failings this term - the protesters are far from certain to get their way.

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McCabe, who missed the match when he was delayed en route to South Yorkshire from Toronto, is known to be deeply concerned at these latest developments after being briefed on events by his advisors.

But he retains the utmost respect for Robson, both personally and professionally, and cherishes his reputation as a patient and prudent owner.

McCabe spent yesterday in Hungary attempting to resurrect United's bid to purchase Ferencvaros but has remained in close contact with his fellow directors.

Robson opted not to attend the post-match press conference - electing to send veteran midfielder Gary Speed instead - but sources close to the former England captain have revealed he is determined to ride out the most concerted challenge to his leadership yet.

Adopting such a hardline stance rather than tendering his resignation has impressed McCabe who offered Robson's predecessor, Neil Warnock, similar support during various stages of his reign.

But both men are also aware that only a dramatic improvement in results will stem the growing tide of resistance.

United's frustration has been compounded by the fact that beating Scunthorpe - would have seen them move to within five points of the play-off positions.

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