Sheffield United: Clough receives prestigious award

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has been recognised by his peers � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has been recognised by his peers � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Nigel Clough has been named the FA Cup Manager of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United manager was presented with his trophy by Everton’s Roberto Martinez after being recognised at the League Managers Association’s annual dinner.

Clough led his team into the semi-finals of the tournament last month where they were eventually beaten by Yorkshire rivals Hull City at Wembley.

United were the first third tier club to reach that stage since Wycombe Wanderers in 2001.”

“The Budweiser FA Cup Manager of the Year is selected by a panel of managers and goes to the manager who has made the greatest impact on this year’s competition in relation to the resources available to him,” an LMA spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, United coach Chris Morgan has confirmed he will take part in Sunday’s charity fundraiser for the Once Upon A Smile Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK.

The match will also see the likes of James Beattie, Rob Hulse, Dave Kitson and Curtis Woodhouse take on a team of television celebrities, including Daniel Jillings (Coronation Street), Danny Miller (Emmerdale) and Ceallech Spellman (Waterloo Road), at Bramall Lane. (Kick-off 1pm).

Howard Webb has agreed to referee the fixture.

Tickets, priced £6 adults and £1 under-16’s, are available at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk, by telephoning 08719951889 or from the United box office.

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