Date: 16th July 2018 at 7:00am
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Not an entirely unexpected announcement as manager Chris Wilder had already confirmed that Stephen Bettis was due to return to the club as chief executive officer, but he was confirmed back in his old position at the weekend.

With issues at ownership level, Bettis should be a nice conduit for Wilder to continue his plans to strengthen the playing group this summer as we look to mount another assault on the Championship table and those Play-Off positions given how close we got in 2017/18.

Bettis, of course, knows the club well having first arrived at Bramall Lane back in May 2016, the same month Wilder took charge, and he was in place as we won promotion from League One as title holders. Last summer he took a step back to focus on business ventures overseas, but following talks he comes back on a more consistent basis now and his working relationship with Wilder should serve us incredibly well.

Speaking to the Official Site as the news was confirmed, 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.”

Bettis added for himself.

“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.”

Fans were rightly delighted with confirmation of the news coming in- other fans would’ve been more delighted had it been an actual signing.