Sheffield United: Boss set for Lee reunion

Nigel Clough points the way
Nigel Clough points the way
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has paid tribute to Lee Johnson, his opposite number in the dugouts at Boundary Park tonight.

Johnson, who has guided Oldham to 15th in League One, had a loan spell at Clough’s Derby County in January 2010 before being appointed Latics manager last year, aged just 31.

“Lee’s team plays just like he used to,” Clough said.

“They like to pass it around, they work hard and they’re difficult to beat.

“You see that in a lot of managers nowadays, that their teams reflect how they used to be as players, and he was always the type of player who liked to organise.

“So it’s not the biggest shock that he’s turned into a good manager. There are one or two here at United who I can see becoming managers, but some do surprise you.

“Ask them at 25, and they think they’ll play forever but once they get to 30 or 35, they start to think about that side of things more and more.”

Management, of course, runs in the family for both men; Lee’s father is Gary Johnson, the Yeovil manager.

“Like me, he’s got the family history and he’ll do well there, or somewhere else,” Clough added.

“To go eight unbeaten is a great feat, of course.

“But we haven’t lost many of late either so it should be a good game.”