Blades role for ex-Sheffield boss

Sheffield United have appointed former Sheffield FC manager Dave McCarthy as head of operations.

Dave, 44, from Chapeltown, will join the senior management team led by chief executive Trevor Birch. He will have responsibility for operations including all areas of the Bramall Lane stadium, the Blades Superstore, Blades Academy in Shirecliffe and the Derek Dooley Development Centre in Crookes. He will also assist in driving forward the club’s community division The United Initiative.

During the last two years he has worked on various projects and events at the club and can include a six-month spell with the club’s associate club Chengdu Blades, where he became the first foreign chief executive of a professional football club in China.

Dave was also employed last season as the joint managing director of the club’s associate club in Hungary, Ferencvaros.

Along with a career in business, Dave can call on almost 15 years in footballing management, including a decade as manager of the world’s oldest football club Sheffield FC. He said: “I’m looking forward to playing my part in making Sheffield United the best run football club in the Championship.’’