Sheffield United: Kell tips Blades to punch true weight for Clough

Blades boss Nigel Clough, left, presents undefeated Sheffield boxer Kell Brook with a special United shirt
Blades boss Nigel Clough, left, presents undefeated Sheffield boxer Kell Brook with a special United shirt
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Sheffield United fan Kell Brook is convinced new manager Nigel Clough can bring the good times back to Bramall Lane.

Clough replaced David Weir at the helm last month, becoming the Blades eighth permanent manager in six and a half years.

The 47-year-old, sacked by Derby County in September, has led the team to two victories from his opening three matches in charge, having penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with the South Yorkshire outfit.

But despite the recent upturn in their fortunes, United, one of the pre-season favourites to achieve promotion, sit in 23rd position, 11 points adrift of the play-off placings.

Unbeaten boxer Brook, who briefly met Clough in person at United’s Shirecliffe training ground a fortnight ago, has told The Star: “Nigel has got a good track record. He’s definitely a wise guy. He will lead from the front and I think he is the man to turn things around.”

Brook, on a two-week holiday with his family in Mexico, believes United can still figure in the promotion shake-up come May despite their sluggish start to the campaign.

“It is still early doors; I know the team haven’t been performing but I really do believe that they will pick up and march forward,” he said. “I just hope they can pull their fingers out and we get up near the top.

“It is massively important we get out of this division. The city needs United to be playing in a better league.”

It was at the age of 10 that Grenoside puncher Brook watched his first United match. His uncle took him to Bramall Lane and he instantly became hooked.

“Everyone in my family are big United supporters,” he said. “As a young kid, I got taken to the Lane so I just fell into it.

“When I’m not training, I try to go down as much as I can.”

Unbeaten welterweight Brook would love to fulfil his uncle’s dream of fighting at United’s ground. He reckons it is not beyond the realms of possibility that could happen next summer. After stopping former world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko last month, Brook is mandated to meet the winner of the Devon Alexander and Shawn Porter clash on November 30 within 90 days of that bout taking place.

“It has been a dream of my uncle’s for me to fight at the Lane and I want that dream of his to come true,” said Brook.

After a turbulent year, Brook plans on having some time off this Christmas.

“Last year, I had no Christmas or New Year so I am going to enjoy that period with my family this year,” he added.