Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the new co-owner of Sheffield United Football Club, today demanded that fellow joint-owner Kevin McCabe hand him back the £1 he spent in buying a 50% stake in the club, says Matthew Bell.
After watching United slump to defeat in the against Rotherham United, Prince Abdullah realised he had made a mistake in promising major investment in the club designed to take it to the Premier League in five years. “It’s a lost cause,” he announced soon after leaving New York Stadium. “I’m not blaming Mr McCabe because he’s an honourable man. It’s just that I have learned that history and tradition count for nothing in League One in 2013.”
Abdullah is willing to recoup his £1 in instalments if it suits McCabe. He is now considering investing in a club with better prospects, such as Dinnington Town of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division 1.
Of course none of this is true (yet), but the princely one will certainly have had his eyes opened by last Saturday’s events. He must now realise, if United aren’t quite a lost cause, the task is tougher than he thought.
It looked good for a half but once the equaliser went in it was alarming how the whole team fell apart. I suppose that’s a confidence thing. But suddenly mistakes proliferated, some of them so basic you wondered if you were watching the under nines.
Jose Baxter, so prominent in the first half when he constantly went looking for the ball, instead went missing and the departure of Chris Porter, who had battled Claude Davis hard all afternoon, allowed Davis an easy last half hour.
Is it too early to say that Carlisle away is a relegation six-pointer?