Sheffield United will refuse to sacrifice success in knockout competition next season to try and enhance their prospects of promotion from League One, manager Nigel Clough has confirmed.
United, who reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last term after beating the likes of Fulham and Aston Villa en route, will discover their next Capital One Cup opponents later this month when the first round draw is made on Tuesday 17 June.
Although Clough admits his main priority is to restore United’s Championship status, the former England international does not believe that treating other tournaments with contempt will help achieve that aim.
“You try and win every single game that you’re involved in,” Clough, who represented Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City as a player, said. “That’s the way we were always brought up.
“It doesn’t matter what it’s in, professional football, Sunday football or whatever, you go out there to try and come out on top.”
“We want to keep the winning mentality here,” Clough added. “At all times.”