Sheffield United will apply the finishing touches to their pre-season programme when the League Two play-offs reach a conclusion later this month, writes James Shield.
Nigel Clough, who is expected to base his squad in the North-West when preparations for the 2014/15 campaign begin on July 3, has confirmed that Fleetwood Town and York City are among those clubs viewed as potential opponents.
But, keen to avoid arranging a friendly against a team which could emerge as a rival for promotion, the United manager is ready to wait until after May 26th’s showpiece at Wembley before finalising his summer schedule.
“They are two sides we’ve looked at,” Clough, speaking ahead of tonight’s semi-final second leg between Town and City at Highbury Stadium said. “Obviously one of them is definitely not going to be going up and, of course, the winner might not as well.
“What we don’t want to do, though, is face someone that is going to be in the same division as us. That wouldn’t be ideal.”
United, who are also hoping to face a high-profile club as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, have previously established close season camps in Malta and Scotland but Clough added: “We don’t want to do too much travelling because, to be honest, we don’t really see the need.
“Also, and just as importantly, being closer to home means more of our fans can come to watch us play which is surely better for everyone concerned?”