Are Sheffield United no longer confident of receiving big money from West Ham?

Club statement suggests a bleak financial future awaits the Blades


Last week’s announcement that there will be a new inquiry into whether Carlos Tevez should have received Premier League permission to play in the final three games of the 2006-07 season sounded like bad news for West Ham.

However, the silence of Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe, who was so vocal when the Lord Griffiths-chaired tribunal ruled in their favour last September, suggests that perhaps they aren’t happy with recent developments.

The Blades already got the verdict they wanted and blocked West Ham’s right to appeal so, given the unlikelyhood of them being reinstalled in the Premier League, this new inquiry is unlikely to further benefit them. It can only serve either to further punish West Ham or alternatively it could find no evidence to suggest that Tevez shouldn’t have been allowed to participate in the final three games and leave Sheffield United’s compensation claim in ruins.

McCabe’s intriguing silence on the latest twist to the Tevez affair was yesterday followed by the sale of top-scorer James Beattie for less money than the Yorkshire club paid for him seventeen months ago. This afternoon they released a statement confirming that the decision to sell Beattie to Stoke was made because of a need to cut costs, which doesn’t sound like the actions a club confident of landing £30-50 million in compensation would make.

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