Sheffield United: Former owner Kevin McCabe reveals why he could SUE the Blades if ownership battle takes another dramatic twist

Sheffield United’s former owner Kevin McCabe has revealed why he could SUE the Blades if the bitter battle for ownership of the Premier League club takes another dramatic twist.

Sunday, 27th October 2019, 8:08 pm
Updated Monday, 28th October 2019, 6:17 pm

McCabe hopes to appeal a recent High Court judgement, which effectively granted his former business partner at Bramall Lane, Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, sole control of the Blades.

McCabe’s lawyers were denied the chance to lodge an appeal in the first instance by Mr Justice Fancourt, the judge who handed down the original ruling. McCabe is now expected to take his case to the Court of Appeal.

Under the terms of Mr Justice Fancourt’s original decision, Prince Abdullah is obligated to buy United’s property interests, owned by McCabe, before next July.

Kevin McCabe: Scott Merrylees

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And McCabe has revealed that, if those terms aren’t met, he will have no option but to sue the club he grew up supporting.

“We’ve still not been paid for the real estate,” McCabe said in an interview with The Times, “and will have to sue Sheffield United next year if they don’t pay for property. And we don’t want to do that.

“A lot of people know me from schooldays, they’re supporters, I’m a supporter. There is camaraderie — and insults as well — that persists with a local lad who owns the club. ‘Now then, Kev, how’s tha’ keeping?’ Some will say ‘Chairman’. You can’t replace [that connection] as you come on board as a foreigner. There’s jealousy and envy.

“I’ve known Billy Sharp since he was knee-high, I used to text him when he left us, playing for Donny Rovers. You build a relationship with people.

“When I went to the team hotel on Monday [before the home win over Arsenal], I had the players come across to me, they still call me ‘Chairman’. I’ve known 1,000 players at Sheffield United. I must have gone to 1,000 games since I was a nipper.”