Ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough set for managerial return

Nigel Clough looks set to return to management at Burton Albion
Nigel Clough looks set to return to management at Burton Albion
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Former Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough looks set for a return to management at old club Burton Albion.

The League One side, with whom Clough began his managerial career in 1998, were left searching for a new boss this week when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink too over at QPR.

And it has been reported that the 49 year old has agreed in principle to make a comeback to the Pirelli Stadium.

Clough was sacked as Sheffield United manager in the summer after failing to win promotion with the Blades, leading them to the play offs where they were defeated by Swindon Town.

The previous season he had taken over with the side in the relegation places, led them to a seventh placed finish and a remarkable run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup where they eventually bowed out to Hull City.

The former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool forward said this week that he wanted to return to management and in an interview with the Nottingham Post, he refused to accept that he was a failure at Bramall Lane.
He said: "We went from third from bottom to seventh, fifth and two semi-finals. So if that's failure, good luck to everybody else. All you can do is work with facts. We weren't given a reason, but good luck to them, let them get on with it."

United welcome Burton to Bramall Lane on March 1.