Clough warns Sheffield United fans not to expect miracles

Nigel Clough was officially named as the new Sheffield United manager on Wednesday, but has warned their fans not to expect miracles.

David Weir was shown the door at Bramall Lane earlier this month after just 13 games in charge, with the Blades languishing towards the foot of League One. Chris Morgan succeeded the Scot on a temporary basis, overseeing one win and a defeat, but he always insisted he was not interested in taking the job permanently.

United have now confirmed Clough as their new manager, on the back of the 47-year-old being sacked by Derby County in September after four-and-a-half years in charge. The former England international, who brings coach Gary Crosby with him, is relishing the job which lies ahead of him, but has warned fans not to expect miracles.

“We’ll try and build a squad capable of challenging for promotion,” he said. “We’re not miracle workers – it takes time to mould and recruit a team and to get them to play in the way you want. To be realistic – let’s get out of the bottom four. Let’s get some stability this season and we’ll take it from there. We’ll assess the squad and see what we need.”

Clough’s first game in charge will be against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon, in which a win would see them leapfrog their opponents in the table.


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