Sheffield United Board of Directors Press Stories

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Sheffield Star
30 January 2002

Sean Bean to Join United Board
By Martin Smith

HOLLYWOOD superstar Sean Bean is to join the board of Sheffield United.

The city-born actor with the '100 per cent Blade' tattoo is to become a director as the club re-structures its financial affairs to push for Premier League football next season.

Lord of The Rings star Bean, originally from Handsworth, is one of four new board members soon to be drafted on to a new-look football club management team as United look to freshen-up their top tier - as revealed exclusively in yesterday's Star.

Millionaire Bean, along with estate agent Mike Blundell, industrial cleaning boss Steve Slinn and one other are expected to put six figure sums into the club, and a new share issue is expected to bring in more than £1m for players.

The club would today make no comment on Bean's appointment but in a statement said: "Sheffield United plc has been considering a variety of proposals aimed at building and advancing the business to satisfy supporters and shareholders.

"Positive actions have been undertaken to seek new directors for the football club board. The company hopes to make an announcement in due course concerning these matters.

"All directors will help develop the vision of the company, including the plans to build the north of England's best academy for young players, who are the long-term future of the club."

The appointment is a dream come true for lifelong Blades fan Bean, aged 43, who starred in the movie When Saturday Comes as a Sheffield lad who makes the grade as a player with United.

Bean dreamed of playing for the Blades as a boy and has become a United icon over the years as his fame has grown.

He is now one of the world's most recognisable actors following his major movie roles in the international hit Lord Of The Rings, Patriot Games, Goldeneye and the TV series Sharpe and Lady Chatterley.

Details of the new-look board will be discussed at a directors meeting at Bramall Lane on Monday, when at least two of the new men are expected to be present.



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