Nigel Clough would have delivered promotion to Sheffield United says Blades fan and Star journalist

Clough in the heat of battle
Clough in the heat of battle
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Sheffield United supporter, and Star Digital Content Editor Simon Waller, shared the shocked reaction of thousands of Bramall Lane fans when he discovered yesterday that Nigel Clough had been sacked.

Not least because he cannot see anybody on the horizon who is available to come in and do a better job.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during a Sky Bet League one match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during a Sky Bet League one match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

In fact, Waller goes as far as to say he thinks Clough, had he been given another term, would have led the Blades to the Championship in the 2015-16 season.

He says: “I must admit Monday’s news of Clough’s sacking stunned me. The timing seemed odd, to say the least.

“In most cases like this you’d expect the manager would have had his contract terminated days after the play-off disappointment.

“But instead we were led to believe, and I’m sure the same goes for Nigel and his management team, that they would be given at least one more season at it.

“It hasn’t even been a year since Jim Phipps told The Star how Clough would be ”granted the opportunity to create a lasting legacy at Bramall Lane”.

Is 19 months at the helm a decent opportunity?

“I personally don’t think so but in the crazy world of football maybe it is.

“Clough has had his critics, I can understand that, a club of United’s size should have made a genuine challenge for automatic promotion not barely stumble over the play-off line.

“Home performances were far from convincing and although the 5-5 draw with Swindon will go down as classic match the team, actually, was poor for long spells that night and over the two legs didn’t really deserve to go through.

“However my honest opinion is given another season Clough would have got us up.

“Since his arrival back in October 2013 we went from relegation certainties to promotion hopefuls.

“The nucleus of a strong side at this level is there with young players, who now have a season under their belts to make a difference, mixed in with a few experienced signings I think we would have made it.

“So what next? We’ve been here so many times before in recent years, eight managers in eight years is no way to create stability at a club.

“There no one who really stands out for me, unless of course Jose Mourinho fancies a fresh challenge or Sir Alex Ferguson wants to come out of retirement.

“Whoever the board go for they must be given time to create that “lasting legacy”, it’s nothing less than us long-suffering fans deserve...