Birch staying on to help Blades recovery

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TREVOR Birch, one of the sport’s most respected administrators, stepped down as chief executive of crisis club Sheffield United yesterday.

Birch, who brokered Roman Abramovich’s purchase of Chelsea in 2003, has agreed to stay at Bramall Lane as a consultant on a short-term basis.

Chairman Kevin McCabe said: “Trevor’s considerable contacts and experience will help us as we re-shape the football club and focus on our transfer dealings.”

It is understood McCabe and Birch have fallen out behind the scenes and that is why the two parties will go their seperate ways.

The former Blues and Derby chief executive Birch joined the Blades in 2009, his remit to help secure investment to ease the burden on plc chairman McCabe, improve the club’s off-the-field image and help slash the £12 million wage bill. Birch quit his position just hours after Micky Adams’ sudden departure.

Rumour is rife Port Vale, Adams’ former employees, are interested in re-appointing the 49-year-old.

Valiants chairman Bill Bratt said: “We’re looking for a manager, so if he [Adams] applies for the job he certainly won’t be turned away.”