Sheffield United: Clough says rival boss deserved better

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (left) could still remain with Notts County until the end of the season
Jamal Campbell-Ryce (left) could still remain with Notts County until the end of the season
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Nigel Clough has confirmed Sheffield United are unable to terminate Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s loan at Notts County, writes James Shield, despite lambasting their decision to sack manager Shaun Derry.

The former United midfielder was relieved of his duties by Meadow Lane’s board of directors yesterday after a disappointing sequence of results left County above the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

Derry is understood to have turned down several approaches for his services during the close season after preserving the Midlands club’s League One status last term and Clough said: “I feel unbelievably disappointed for Shaun. I was only speaking to him about possibly letting another player go there on loan over the weekend.

“It just shows what football is like these days, when you think about what he did for them last season.”

Campbell-Ryce returned to County 26 days ago, nine months after leaving them to sign a two year contract with United.

“Jamal can’t come back before 28 days are up,” Clough added. “And the plan was to let him go there with a view to letting him spent the rest (of the season) there anyway.

“We’ll always try and do what’s best for ourselves and our players. We wanted to get him some games on a regular basis.”

United enter tonight’s rearranged fixture with Scunthorpe ranked fifth and knowing that a win, following Saturday’s victory over Port Vale, would see them move six points clear of seventh placed Barnsley.

Kevin van Veen, the visitors’ centre-forward, admitted he has plenty to prove after their defeat at Rochdale. That result left Mark Robins’ side in 17th position.

“My start (here) was really good and then I went a little bit down because I am young and new,” van Veen, previously of FC Oss and Helmond Sport, said. “I have had ups and downs and you have to learn from that.”

“(Personally) Saturday was just okay,” van Veen, who scored his second Scunthorpe goal at Spotland, added. “But I have to do better and I can do better.”

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