Boyhood supporter is United’s new MD

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SHEFFIELD United have appointed Dave McCarthy as their new managing director.

The 45-year-old previously served as Bramall Lane’s operations chief having returned to South Yorkshire following spells with the League One club’s development partners Ferencvaros and Chengdu Blades.

McCarthy, a lifelong United supporter, said: “I stood on the Kop from around six years of age watching the likes of Tony Currie and Alan Woodward and could never have dreamed that one day I would work at the club let alone be in the boardroom.”

The former Sheffield FC manager added: “The optimism created around the successful academy team, new structure and new faces at the club have us back on track.

“There have been a lot of changes recently at the club which sadly is often the case after relegation.

“but I believe we have assembled a dedicated team working to realise our aspirations of returning the club where it belongs.

“Our work in the community and dedication to our supporters is of paramount importance.”

United have embarked on a major restructuring exercise both on and off the pitch since being relegated from the Championship last season.

Chief executive Trevor Birch recently tendered his resignation while manager Micky Adams was replaced by Danny Wilson less than six months after arriving from Port Vale.

Frank Barlow, a former United full-back, was unveiled as Wilson’s assistant yesterday.

Captain Chris Morgan will combine playing and coaching duties when he recovers from injury.

Chris Steer, chairman of United’s football club board, said: “Dave is a very committed, dedicated colleague and his loyalty and hard work have rightly been acknowledged with this opportunity.

“On behalf of all the other board members, I welcome him to the group and know that his dedication and expertise will be an invaluable addition to our work.”