I didn't fail at Sheffield United, says ex-boss Nigel Clough

Ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough
Ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough
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Nigel Clough has broken his silence on his sacking as Sheffield United manager, denying suggestions he failed at Bramall Lane.

Clough opened up in an interview with the Nottingham Post, admitting he would "love" to return to management after spells at Burton, Derby and at United.

United were in the relegation zone when Clough took over at Bramall Lane, succeeding David Weir.

They finished that season seventh in the table, narrowly missing out on the play-offs, and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley.

His second season saw them finish fifth, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Swindon after a manic 5-5 draw in the second leg, and again reach the last four of a major cup competition.

This time it was the Capital One Cup, United's journey ending after a narrow two-legged defeat to Premier League side Tottenham.

Clough was sacked as United boss in May, to be replaced by Nigel Adkins, and he told The Post: "I think every manager accepts when you are bottom of the league, or towards the bottom of the league and can't win games, then there's a time it's going to come when you're going to lose your job.

"That wasn't the case in either of the clubs we were at [Derby and Sheffield United], that's what makes it disappointing.

"It certainly wasn't the case at Sheffield because we went from third from bottom to seventh, fifth and two semi-finals. So if that's failure, good luck to everybody else."

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"All you can do is work with facts," he added. "We weren't given a reason, but good luck to them, let them get on with it."

Clough, aged 49, has been linked with a return to Nottingham Forest - where he spent nine years as a player under his dad, Brian - if Dougie Freedman loses his job at the City Ground.

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