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Sheffield United: A new director has been appointed at Bramall Lane

Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United
Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United

Saad Allazeez has been appointed as a director of Sheffield United and Blades Leisure Limited, its parent company.

Allazeez, whose country of residence is listed as Saudi Arabia by Companies House, also accepted a similar position with Sheffield United Women as part of a behind the scenes reshuffle earlier this season.

A familiar figure at Bramall Lane, Allazeez's presence means co-owners HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe enjoy equal representation on the boards of United and BLL. 

Like Riyadh based lawyer Yusuf Giansiracusa, Jan van Winckel, previously Marcelo Bielsa's assistant at Olympique de Marseille, is known to be a close confident of Prince Abdullah after working for the Saudi Arabian FA. McCabe's sons Scott and Simon also hold directorships, together with Jeremy Tutton and quantity surveyor John Burnley.

Former England midfielder Tony Currie, voted United's greatest ever player at the club's 125th anniversary celebrations in 2014, joined United's board earlier this year after learning a stand at Bramall Lane was being renamed in his honour.

Prince Abdullah and McCabe snr are thought to be undertaking mediation after launching rival takeover bids towards the end of last year. United, managed by Chris Wilder, entered the international break on top of the Championship after beating Hull City SIX days ago.

United's women's team has two directors; Allazeez and Scott McCabe.