Sheffield United: Directors hold talks

Sheffield United face Coventry City at Sixfields Stadium on Sunday
Sheffield United face Coventry City at Sixfields Stadium on Sunday
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Sheffield United’s board of directors were last night meeting to review the club’s disappointing start to the season, writes James Shield.

The discussion, which The Star can confirm had been scheduled since Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad’s decision to purchase 50 per cent of the League One team, is understood to have investigated all aspects of Bramall Lane’s operations rather than simply the future of manager David Weir.

However, speaking after Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat by Hartlepool, the former Scotland international acknowledged his position would be threatened unless results improved.

United are preparing for Sunday’s visit to Coventry City 22nd in the table and without a win since the opening weekend of the new campaign.

Weir, who defiantly insisted he “doesn’t fear anything in football” following that midweek reverse, also acknowledged that senior members of his squad have a crucial role to play in the battle to transform United’s fortunes.

“I’ve got to say that the experienced lads we’ve got here have been superb,” Weir said. “I know things have been tough for them.

“They’ve shown the right character, the right attitude. That is a credit to them as people, not just professionals.”

Representatives of Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad, together with United’s ‘old-guard’ are known to have attended the get-together, held on neutral territory rather than club premises.

Keith Fahey, previously of Birmingham City, is training at the Redtooth Academy after leaving St Andrews earlier this year.

Although Weir recently poured cold water on claims that Shaun Miller would be rushed back into competitive action - the centre-forward has been absent since December after rupturing a cruciate ligament - United’s shortage of goals could force them to accelerate his return.

Miller, aged 26, completed an hour of United’s Professional Development League draw with Leeds on Monday evening.