Star leaving the Blades boardroom for seat in terraces


Star leaving the Blades boardroom for seat in terraces
By Lizzie Murphy
Yorkshire Post
12 Dec 2007

HOLLYWOOD actor Sean Bean is to stand down as a director of Sheffield
United after admitting he is more comfortable on the terraces than in the
board room.
The lifelong Blades fan believes he has served his purpose in helping to
raise the profile at Bramall Lane and now wants to return to the terraces
where he feels at home.
Mr Bean, invited on to the board by plc chairman Kevin McCabe in 2002 said:
"The club has come on leaps and bounds in the past five years and I'm proud
to have played a small part in that.
"But as someone who is very passionate about his football, I know my place
is out there with the fans who support the club week in week out, whoever is
in charge.
"I'll still get to as many Blades matches as I can – all that will change is
that I won't have the luxury of a comfy seat in the directors' box."
It is understood the movie star will not be withdrawing the six-figure investment
he made in Sheffield United at the time of joining the board.
The actor, who first watched United as an eight-year-old, became embroiled in a
public spat with former manager Neil Warnock who he still blames for last
season's relegation.
He added: "I would have liked to have been more involved in the day-to-day
running of the club but when your job takes you away for months at a time
that simply isn't possible."
Mr Bean was prominent in the fight to regain Premier League status this
summer, leading a march on Parliament and delivering a speech to protest
at the FA's handling of the Carlos Tevez affair.


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