Sheffield United have today announced Nigel Clough will take over from the sacked David Weir as their new manager.
Clough takes the reigns at Bramall Lane after being sacked by Derby County last month. His predecessor Weir was dismissed by The Blades after only winning one game in the ten he took charge of.
Sheffield United co-chairman Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud told the club website that Clough was always the first choice.
“Nigel was the clear, first choice of the board,” he said.
“He brings an approach to the game that is well suited to what we are trying to achieve at Sheffield United.”
“Nigel has enjoyed managerial success in the game. He knows how to inspire first team players to give their all and has a proven track record of making an academy a key ingredient to the club’s success. We count ourselves lucky to have Nigel aboard.”
The former England international impressed during his time at Burton Albion, an eleven year spell that saw him start as a player towards the end of his playing career. His biggest achievement was guiding Albion to the Conference National title in 2009. This led to interest from Derby County the following January as Paul Jewell was sacked by the club. He led the club his father Brian famously managed to safety that season.
The Rams were sitting in 14th in the Championship this season when Clough was sacked but it hasn’t taken long for another big club to seek his services. Clough told Sky Sports that he and his management team are pleased to have been offered the chance at Sheffield United.
His first game in charge will be a League One tie against Crewe Alexander. United are currently sitting in the relegation zone but are only three points behind Saturday’s opponents.