Blades manager Chris Wilder (left) with CEO Stephen Bettis
Blades manager Chris Wilder (left) with CEO Stephen Bettis
Richard Bell

Former Sheffield United CEO returns to club with ‘unfinished business’

Sheffield United have confirmed the return of Stephen Bettis in the role of chief executive officer.

Bettis was first appointed CEO two years ago and saw the Blades through their Sky Bet League One victory during the 2016/17 campaign under new manager Chris Wilder.

Last season, he took a back seat from his duties as chief exec to concentrate on business ventures overseas.

But following talks with both the club’s owners, Kevin McCabe and prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, he will now return to Sheffield on a consistent basis.

Chris Wilder said: “Stephen played a vital role in our League One title success, he was a fantastic sounding board for me and a great link with the board.

“He is highly respected within the football club, including by the owners, and this is a very positive move.”

He added: “During the discussions about the new contracts for the coaching staff earlier in the summer, we spoke extensively about Stephen’s return and I’m genuinely delighted that he is back.”

Commenting on his appointment, Stephen Bettis said: “I feel I have unfinished business at Sheffield United.

“Chris and I had great success in our first year together, gaining promotion to the Championship whilst improving things off the field also. I am looking to repeat that success in the future.”

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