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Bean to step down as Sheffield Utd director

Hollywood actor Sean Bean is to stand down as a director of Sheffield United.

The lifelong Blades fan, invited on to the board by plc chairman Kevin McCabe in 2002, admitted he is more comfortable on the terraces than in the board room.

The 48-year-old told the Sheffield Star: "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 was privileged to accept the invitation from chairman Kevin McCabe to join the board and the experience has given me a chance to witness the procedures and politics that go on behind the scenes. It has been a real eye-opener in many ways.

"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."

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