Sheffield United's takeover deadlock has to be resolved one way or other, and soon - Alan Biggs Column
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Since those first takeover reports in December, the club itself has made no statement, not even to confirm the sale.
Only the would-be new owner himself, Dozy Mmobuosi, has stepped into the news vacuum (seemingly gladly) to grant an online interview to Rio Ferdinand.
The EFL, apparently taking a dim view of this break with protocol, has made the only other public intervention, casting doubt on the takeover. That was three weeks ago.
If Mmobuosi passes the criteria - with the EFL thankfully tightening their procedures to protect clubs - then all well and good.
But if doubts persist - and suspicion is healthy considering this club’s ownership history pre-Kevin McCabe - then maybe United’s hierarchy should consider pulling the plug before the EFL do. Vital time is being lost.
Right now the club has no plan for the Premier League other than getting there. No plan for another promotion bid if they don’t.
A dozen contracts are up in the summer, a transfer embargo remains in place and manager Paul Heckingbottom is evidently completely in the dark about what the future holds.
Yet amid all this upheaval, there are huge positives - one certainty and one strong likelihood. That United are attractive to investors promoted or not; that they could well be raking in close to £200m for Premier League exposure next season.
It surely has to be a more than workable scenario for someone, whether inside Bramall Lane or outside it.
But time is of the essence. United are already well behind schedule for plotting a top flight survival campaign, even if an embargo that could cripple their attempt was lifted tomorrow.
Prospective deals are brokered through agents many months in advance. Hecky and the club’s recruitment team have their hands tied, not knowing who and what they can afford, if anything.
So the inertia over the takeover has to end, one way or the other. And sooner rather than later.