Kevin McCabe EXCLUSIVE: Outgoing Sheffield United owner ‘concerned about the future of Chris Wilder’ after los

Kevin McCabe EXCLUSIVE: Outgoing Sheffield United owner ‘concerned about the future of Chris Wilder’ after los
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Kevin McCabe has told talkSPORT he is ‘concerned’ about the future of Sheffield United and their manager Chris Wilder after losing his ownership battle with Saudi Prince Abdullah.

Outgoing owner McCabe has been ordered to sell his 50 per cent stake in the Blades to his fellow co-owner, after a long-standing legal battle following a falling out between the pair.

McCabe and Prince Abdullah have been locked in a battle over ownership of Sheffield United

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McCabe and Prince Abdullah have been locked in a battle over ownership of Sheffield United

The 70-year-old, who has a long association with Sheffield United and has put over £100million into his boyhood club, said following Monday’s High Court ruling that he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ and ‘heartbroken’ by the outcome and is considering lodging an appeal.

However, it has also been claimed the lifelong fan has been told to ‘stay away’ from Bramall Lane if he fights the decision.

McCabe has revealed he has ‘many misgivings’ about Prince Abdullah – the grandson of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz – taking control of the Premier League side.

And he has told talkSPORT he fears for the future of manager and ‘true friend’ Wilder after being forced out of Sheffield United.

Asked about his future plans following the ruling, McCabe said in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT host Jim White: “I suppose it’s just looking at what’s to be done now to ensure my football club is properly run and managed in future years.

“I’ve many misgivings over the suitability of Prince Abdullah being in control of Sheffield United.

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“I’m the longest-ever serving director, chairman or owner of Sheffield United in a history which stretched back to the roots of Bramall Lane in 1855.

“So I care enough to ensure that whatever I do now is to benefit one organisation alone, and that’s Sheffield United.

“We’re a great community and family club that has evolved in a peculiar way over the last 25 years since the McCabe’s have been in charge.

Bramall Lane is the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional football matches

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Bramall Lane is the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional football matches

“We have invested heavily in Sheffield United, we have revamped, recreated, updated and extended the stadium – the world’s oldest – and built an academy. It’s fact not fiction. We’ve devoted a lot of time and financial resources to achieve that because of one’s love for the club.

“And I want desperately to ensure that is maintained rather than ruined by people who may not understand the importance of this institution to the city of Sheffield.

“The future of the club, the future of Chris Wilder, the future of season ticket holders, I have hesitation and concern about all of those aspects of Sheffield United.

Chris Wilder is much loved by Sheffield United fans and his players – but could he leave under the club’s new ownership?

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Chris Wilder is much loved by Sheffield United fans and his players – but could he leave under the club’s new ownership?

“Sheffield United means an awful lot to me. I was born across the street and I have no interest in any other football club bar the Blades.

“I really want someone to take over who understands what Sheffield United means to the supporters and the city, and I question as to whether Prince Abdullah has the suitability to be leading as the owner of Sheffield United.”

Watch Kevin McCabe’s interview with talkSPORT, in full, above…