Blades make profit

Last updated : 26 November 2009 By Bladesmadeditor


The club has gained £5.7m profit in the last year. The previous year, the Blades had reported a loss of £6.3m. Turnover at £32.1m. (2008: £32.4m) was slightly down. Bank debt relating to football now stands at £2.313m compared to £11.491m in 2008.

Chairman Kevin McCabe said: "The world has changed and in leading Sheffield United in these difficult economic times the ability to adapt to change is vital in order to maintain the safe running of our famous club.

"On the pitch last season we were still in with a chance of automatic promotion but, for the fourth time in the last 12 years, promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs, eluded the Blades.

"In simple terms, we must all pull together again in order to achieve our aim of getting back to where we belong. The playing squad has been strengthened in several key areas to accommodate our objectives for this season, adding quality to the first team in a manner to suit the need to steadily reduce the annual player wage bill.

"The parachute funding from the Premier League ceased at the end of last season and thus the management of the football team has to be achieved within its budget. But make no bones about it, the budget Sheffield United has is well in excess of the majority of our competitors in the Championship.

"Let's hope that United get the 'rub of the green' which, for whatever reason, so often seems to elude us as there is no one striving harder than Sheffield United to be back amongst the highest echelon of English football."