By Paddy Kenny

20th May, 2021 | 5:00pm

Paddy Kenny 'not happy' with Sheffield United as Government figures released

Sheffield United officials’ decision to continue accessing funds from the government’s furlough initiative does not reflect well on the club. 

That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after government figures regarding the scheme were released last week.

United claimed between £25,001 and £50,000 for February, the latest set of data available.

Newcastle, Burnley and Southampton have also continued to access funds via the job retention scheme.

As with the other three teams, the South Yorkshire side never publicly announced their use of furlough monies.

Kenny acknowledges the financial hardship experienced by football clubs at all levels amid the pandemic but remains unimpressed by United’s conduct.

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“It’s a tough one,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“We don’t know what the finances but I don’t think it’s right. These clubs have got wealthy owners and they earn a lot of money from the Premier League and from the TV.

“They have taken a massive hit this season but only like all the other clubs have as well. I’m not happy about this. It doesn’t look good, to be totally honest with you.

“You’d expect the likes of Newcastle to do it but I didn’t expect that that from Sheffield United. I have to say I am surprised by that.”

United lost 1-0 to Newcastle last night as their torrid 2020-21 campaign draws to a close.

They remain fixed to the bottom of the table after their relegation was mathematically sealed in April.

In other news, two-time Championship promotion-winning manager undergoes interview at Sheffield United.