Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed that a decision regarding Ched Evans’ possible return to the club will be taken solely by the club’s owners - admitting that the discussions are “simply above football”.
Evans is released from prison tomorrow after serving half of his five-year sentence for rape, and opinion is divided on whether or not he should be allowed to resume his career at Bramall Lane.
Clough, speaking ahead of this weekend’s Yorkshire derby at Bradford City, admitted that he has been involved in “one or two” discussions about the possibility of the Welsh international’s return to South Yorkshire but added: “The decision is above me, and it’s above football level. It’s great to be involved with the discussions, but the decision will be made by the owners.
“The decision for us would be whether to put him in the team or not if he came back, but the decision as to whether he comes back at all will be made by the owners.
“No decision has been made and until it has been, there’s no point talking about it.”
Clough, whose side travel to West Yorkshire in good form having lost only two of their last 12 outings, also denied that the speculation has had a negative effect on his players.
“It’s not been a distraction to the camp,” he said.
“The players are aware of the rumours, but he [Evans] is not out yet and there’s been no decision or statement from the owners.
“Until both those things have been made, it’s all irrelevant.
“We will talk to the players if we need to, but there’s no point doing that if he doesn’t come back.”