Sheffield United: ‘We need a ruthless streak’

Kevin McCabe (left) at Peterborough United on Tuesday evening � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Kevin McCabe (left) at Peterborough United on Tuesday evening � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe has attributed the club’s League One status to its lack of a ruthless streak, writes James Shield.

McCabe made the admission following Nigel Clough’s appointment as manager earlier this week.

Citing the former England international’s ability to handle pressure as a factor behind his arrival, McCabe said: “In the last few years, at the business end of the season we have collapsed after looking well placed (for automatic promotion). That has got to be rectified.

“On the field of play is where success or otherwise is earned.”

United have qualified for the play-offs in each of the last two seasons only to miss out both times.

However, they enter tomorrow’s match against Crewe Alexandra ranked 21st in the table.

McCabe, who dispensed with the services of Clough’s predecessor David Weir after 13 games, added: “Short-term, we need to improve our position.

“Long-term, our stated aim is to get back to the Premier League but within a sensible period of time. We’re not going to start talking about time-frames or anything like that.”