SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades take short-term pain for long-term gain

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SHEFFIELD United’s efforts to comply with Salary Cost Management Protocol should be rewarded when the new measure is rolled out across English football, John Stephenson has claimed.

Stephenson, Bramall Lane’s head of football operations, acknowledged the scheme, which Championship clubs are now working towards, complicates manoeuvres in the transfer market.

But he told The Star: “SCMP makes the academy even more important to what we are trying to do and to the future of our football club. That’s because it takes away the silver bullet of having a ‘Sugar Daddy’ and means you have to try and progress organically, which is exactly what we are trying to do.


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