“Do you like outsmarting people,” asked Mr Downes.
Prince Abdullah replied: “No.”
“Yes,” replied Prince Abdullah.
Mr Downes: “This agreement requires a certain amount of understanding between both parties to make it work.”
“Yes,” said the Prince.
Prince Abdullah said he believed that even though both parties may be financially stretched, they would fund the club ‘50/50’. #twitterblades
Prince Abdullah replied: “You can easily spend money in football, so having a strong local partner who could veto or tell you when something is massively wrong...
Prince Abdullah says that with the benefit of hindsight he thinks the money could have been spent ‘more wisely’
“We ended up with a huge roster, of 35 players, I think,” he said #twitterblades
Mr Downes: “It was clear that as a manager he [Mr McCabe] was very involved with the running of the club. As an owner, I meant, I’m so sorry.”
Prince Abdullah joked: “He acts as a manager!” #sufc
Prince Abdullah replied: “We beat a lot of Premier League clubs [in the FA cup] and had a better roster than the one I inherited.” #sufc
Prince Abdullah replied: “He’s the second type, but as a 50/50 owner.” For context, the Prince said earlier on that this approach should only...
Prince Abdullah added: “He’s a self-made man, he’s smart. He should have asked the question: ‘Why hasn’t the club done well over the last eight years’. Saying ‘football is a funny business’ can’t be the answer to everything.”
Can’t deny that I’m a little glad to have a bit of a screen break after that marathon Tweeting session.
“It’s possible,” said Prince Abdullah.
Mr Downes replied: “Can I suggest it’s probable.”
“I’m more comfortable with [the word] possible,” added the prince. #twitterblades
“He talked the coach into it,” said Prince Abdullah.
Mr Downes replied: “So he talked him into it, he didn’t impose his will”
“After 3 years, you turned against him,” said Mr Downes.
Prince Abdullah replied: “His style of management, after 3 years, it’s more than enough to see the facts for what they are.”
Mr Downes said that in email correspondence sent in July 2017, the prince seemed confident he could raise the money, but said something had changed by August
When asked where he was expecting to get the money from, the Prince replied: “I can’t remember.”
Mr Downes said: “You must remember where you were getting the money from...