Sheffield United: Clough unveiled

Nigel Clough is Sheffield United's new manager
Nigel Clough is Sheffield United's new manager
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Nigel Clough is Sheffield United’s new manager, the League One club have confirmed.

The former Derby County and Burton Albion chief will take charge of his first match when Crewe Alexandra visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

Clough, who is scheduled to be officially unveiled at 1pm after agreeing a severance package with officials at Pride Park, was among the crowd when Steve Davis’ side beat Bristol City at Gresty Road last weekend.

As The Star revealed earlier this month, United identified the 47-year-old as a potential successor to David Weir within hours of dismissing the former Scotland international.

Clough is understood to have immediately indicated he was interested in the role but made it plain he could not consider a return to football until talks over compensation from County were resolved.

Those protracted negotiations, which are believed to have been complicated by the fact he had been effectively been placed on gardening leave by the Championship outfit’s owners, finally reached a conclusion last night.

Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade, Karl Robinson of MK Dons and Crawley Town’s Richie Barker were also viewed by United’s board of directors as possible replacement for Weir.

However, Clough’s ability to develop young players, source talent from the lower leagues and prowess in the loan market prompted co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad to place him at the top of their wanted-list.

Clough joined County in January 2009 after effectively securing Albion’s promotion from the Conference.

Despite preserving their second tier status on five separate occasions against a back drop of player sales and reduced wage bills, he was dismissed last month following a defeat by Nottingham Forest.

Clough made over 400 appearances in two spells at Forest before entering management.

An England international, he also represented Liverpool, Manchester City and briefly Sheffield Wednesday ahead of his switch to Albion.