Sheffield United: High Court told Kevin McCabes views parochial – BBC News

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SHEFFIELD UNITED OWNERSHIP BATTLE: Prince Abdullah tells High Court his believes his £10m investment should have been spent more wisely

Sheffield Utd co-owners Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad bin Abdullah Al Said and Kevin McCabe: Simon Bellis/SportimageThe heated High Court battle for ownership of the club continued today, when Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saudbegan his evidence.Prince Abdullah told the court that when he entered into a joint partnership with Sheffield-born Kevin McCabe, it was important to himto have a strong, local partner who could veto things when necessary and tell him when something was massively wrong.The prince described the first year of their partnership as being very good. He said that with hindsight he believes the £10million he invested in the club in 2013 could have been spent more wisely.We ended up with a huge roster, of 35 players, I think, said Prince Abdullah.Representing Mr McCabe, Paul Downes QC, told the prince he had turned against Mr McCabe by the third year of their partnership, and wanted to fundamentally change things.Prince Abdullah replied: His style of management, after three years, the facts speak for themselves.He was trying to interfere with technical decisions, and not allowing managers to do their work. Its not good for the club, he added.When asked for an example, Prince Abdullah cited what he described as Mr McCabes emotional decision to re-sign Ched Evans for £1million in 2017, after his rape conviction was quashed at the conclusion of his re-trial.The court was told that when the Saudi prince invested in United he had a personal net worth of £200million, but by the 2015/16 he had to cut into flesh to raise the funds to make up a £4million shortfall.The following season, Prince Abdullah had promised to raise £1million by August 2017, but struggled to locate the funds.He told the court that it was one of the worst times for me, financially.Under questioning from Mr Downes, Prince Abdullah said he had intended to sell shares or borrow from a bank to raise the funds.When asked where he had hoped to source other sums of money he had promised to the club, Prince Abdullah said: I cant remember.SUL, a company controlled by Mr McCabe and his family, has alleged conspiracy and unfairly prejudicial conduct and wants damages.UTB LLC, a company controlled by Prince Abdullah, wants declarations in respect of its rights under an investment and shareholders agreement.The case continues.

Representing Mr McCabe, Paul Downes QC, told the prince he had turned against Mr McCabe by the third year of their partnership, and wanted to fundamentally change things.

Prince Abdullah added: Of course this litigation has somewhat soured my relationship with Mr McCabe, and I am disappointed that he had instructed his lawyers to make allegations that put my character into disrepute and to effectively communicate them to the fans.

Prince Abdullah replied: His style of management, after three years, the facts speak for themelves.

The dispute is about which of the two co-owners of the club can take control and on what terms, he said. The legal and factual issues that need to be resolved are numerous and in some respects complex.

Saudi prince accuses Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe of having parochial views on how to move club forward and claims he was sent very unpleasant emails as High Court battle for ownership rumbles on

He was trying to interfere with technical decisions, and not allowing managers to do their work. Its not good for the club, he added.

To me, it was crucial that we could look each other in the eye, agree something and act accordingly. Now it was clear that Mr McCabe would simply act in disregard of what we had discussed and agreed.

When asked for an example, Prince Abdullah cited what he described as Mr McCabes emotional decision to re-sign Ched Evans for £1million in 2017, after his rape conviction was quashed at the conclusion of his re-trial. 

I was extremely disappointed and told Mr McCabe that I would find it difficult to continue working with him unless he started acting in accordance with his word, he said in his witness statement.

The court was told that when the Saudi prince invested in United he had a personal net worth of £200million, but by the 2015/16 he had to cut into flesh to raise the funds to make up a £4million shortfall. 

The following season, Prince Abdullah had promised to raise £1million by August 2017, but struggled to locate the funds.

If that is the result, it would be a travesty, he said. The McCabes, who have invested in the order of £100 million in Sheffield United over the years, would suffer insult upon injury.

SUL, a company controlled by Mr McCabe and his family, has alleged conspiracy and unfairly prejudicial conduct and wants damages.

I very much respected him as my elder, and also his love and passion for the football club, albeit I found him to be somewhat parochial in his views on how best to move the club forward.

UTB LLC, a company controlled by Prince Abdullah, wants declarations in respect of its rights under an investment and shareholders agreement.

Saudi prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, pictured with Kevin McCabe in 2013, believes his Sheffield United co-owner has somewhat parochial views on future of the club

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