Chris Wilder and Steve Bettis

The return of a vital component in the off-field progress of Sheffield United has been announced.

Stephen Bettis will continue his duties as chief executive officer – a role he fulfilled as the Blades won Sky Bet League One. Last season he took a back seat to concentrate on business ventures overseas but following talks with both owners, he returns to Sheffield on a consistent basis.

Mr Bettis arrived at United in May 2016, the same month as Chris Wilder took over as manager, and the duo struck up an excellent working relationship as the Blades romped to the title in record-breaking fashion.

Mr 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.

“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.”

Mr 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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