Sheffield United Board of Directors Press Stories

Last Update: 08 April 2002

SUFC Official Site
04 February 2002

Blades strengthen for the future

Two new directors were this afternoon (04/02/02) appointed to the board of Sheffield United Football Club.

Discussions concerning Sean Bean joining the board will be held when the film and television star returns from America.

Meanwhile the club's Academy has been given a major boost - with the creation of a limited company and a board of directors to run what the club hopes will be the finest Academy in the North of England.

Sheffield businessmen Steve Slinn and Chris Steer are joining the football club board.

Steve Slinn is the driving force behind Sheffield-based S&B Contract Cleaners, of Richmond Park Road, Handsworth, one of the region's biggest commercial cleaners.

Chris Steer is a partner in Pyramid Carpets - the Sheffield family carpet business with outlets in Chesterfield Road and Exchange Street.

Both men have put funds into the club.

Kevin McCabe, acting chairman of parent company Sheffield United plc, said: "We are delighted that two such significant Sheffield businessmen who are both Blades through and through are joining the board of the football club. They will provide experience and expertise as the club progresses it plans to move forward on and off the pitch."

Mr Steer, aged 56, married with two children, has followed the Blades since he was five. He said: "I have been impressed with the club's plans to develop the Academy. This is the way forward so that we are producing a steady stream of young, talented players for the first team."

Mr Slinn, aged 48, whose wife Anne and daughters Emma and Erica are all "fanatical Blades", is another lifelong Blade.

"Following the Blades is in the blood. I have been in discussions for some time - I am delighted to be joining the board."

Mr McCabe added that the club was strengthening the team behind the £5m Academy at Shirecliffe, Sheffield.

"We have launched Sheffield United Academy Ltd and appointed John Warnock from the Academy and directors Alan Bamford and Derek Dooley to the board", added Mr McCabe.



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