Nigel Clough is relishing the prospect of meeting Sheffield United co-owner Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud face to face for the first time this weekend.
The Saudi Arabian Prince is set to attend the Blades League One encounter with Gillingham at Bramall Lane on Saturday. It is understood to be the first time Prince Abdullah, the grandson of the founder of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has watched a home match since he decided to invest in United at the start of September.
United boss Clough, who is still running the rule over trialist Keith Fahey, said: “I am looking forward to it. Hopefully he [the Prince] is going to be a big part of the club in the years to come so it will be nice to see him.”
Asked if Prince Abdullah’s presence puts more pressure on the team, Clough said: “I don’t think so. It would be nice if he could come over, see a good performance and hopefully we will get three points. I don’t think it will matter to the players too much.”
The United chief has confirmed George Long will be available for selection when they host Gillingham. The goalkeeper is currently away on international duty with England’s Under-21s but will return to Shirecliffe tomorrow morning.
United’s FA Cup second round tie against either Bury or Cambridge United will be televised live on BT Sport on Sunday December 8, kick-off 12 noon.