McCabe vows to ‘do whatever it takes’ on wages

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Kevin McCabe’s pledge to do “whatever it takes” to give Sheffield United competitive funding is once again the key to the club’s ambitions, writes Alan Biggs.

As the minutes ticked by to last night’s transfer deadline, few people in football were clocking up bigger numbers than the Blades’ owner.

Never mind buying players, McCabe’s bills are mounting just by keeping them after also promising that his club’s wage bill would be “the biggest in League One come what may.”

But, aside from the possibility of fringe striker Danny Bogdanovic joining Charlton, there is a resolve at Bramall Lane to keep the status quo.

Manager Danny Wilson told the Telegraph: “We’ve had a decent start and we want to keep the momentum going. We don’t want to lose ground by losing players and not replacing them.

“Yes, you do want to get the wage bill down. But it’s a difficult balance because the bottom line is that we want to get promotion.”

It was impossible to say as the Telegraph went to press yesterday afternoon whether a late bid would signal the departure of a star player, then triggering a mad dash for even later recruitment.

At the time of writing, Wilson was simply waiting on Bogdanovic with a view to signing someone in that event.

The signs were that United would be keeping most, if not all, of the higher earners who have fired the team’s unbeaten start at the head of the table.

The businessman in McCabe, who has taken a huge hit from the recession both inside and outside football, can’t have been happy.

But the fan in him will have been as delighted as manager Danny Wilson if the nucleus of a strong squad is retained. His words on these

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