Sheffield United: Baki reveals Clough enjoys Prince’s total support

Selahattin Baki (right) with Kevin McCabe (left) and Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Selahattin Baki (right) with Kevin McCabe (left) and Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Selahattin Baki, Sheffield United director and advisor to co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad, last night revealed Nigel Clough enjoys the unanimous support of the League One club’s board, writes James Shield.

Clough, who took charge at Bramall Lane after signing a two-and-a-half year contract yesterday, quickly emerged as United’s preferred choice of manager following David Weir’s departure earlier this month.

Although the former England striker’s appointment was delayed due to negotiations over compensation payments owed by his previous employers Derby County, Baki told The Star “there was not one second of argument” when Clough’s credentials were discussed by members of United’s hierarchy.

“Immediately, everyone agreed,” Baki, a Turkish national, said. “The Prince always does his research but, in Nigel’s case, there was no need to do much because everyone knows who he is. His reputation speaks for itself.

“We are all very excited about Nigel’s arrival. Around three days ago, when the email was received saying there was a chance to put this into action, there was absolutely no hesitation about pressing ahead.”

Clough becomes United’s seventh permanent manager since Neil Warnock parted company with the club in 2007.

Baki, who paid tribute to the work of Chris Morgan during his three match reign as caretaker, added: “We need stability and Nigel was our number one.”

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