Clough’s premier aim

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The words ‘Premier’ and ‘League’ inevitably both received an airing during Nigel Clough’s coronation earlier this week.

But, as the former Derby County and Burton Albion manager insisted, his first task after taking charge of Sheffield United is to steer them away from the relegation zone.

Dreams of rubbing shoulder with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea can wait. Survival, Clough made abundantly clear on Wednesday afternoon, is his immediate priority.

“Ultimately, we want to build a team and a squad for the future,” he said. “But, let’s be honest, at the moment that is something to think about in our spare time.

“Let’s be realistic. First of all, let’s get out of the bottom four. That’s what we want to do.”

The ‘we’ is former Nottingham Forest winger Gary Crosby, and Blackpool ‘Hall of Fame’ member Andy Garner who have both been appointed to Clough’s backroom staff at Bramall Lane with older brother Simon set to spearhead the scouting department.

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