Sheffield United: Clough hopes to reap long-term benefits

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough and his coaching staff � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough and his coaching staff � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Nigel Clough hopes he will be allowed to build a lasting dynasty at Bramall Lane after reiterating his pledge to build a team around it’s latest crop of young talent, writes James Shield.

Clough, who was appointed Sheffield United manager 16 months ago, told The Star that players such a Louis Reed and Che Adams can form part of a bright new era at the League One club following a series of impressive displays this term.

United enter tomorrow’s game against Coventry City fifth in the table and the former England international said: “We would love to be here to enjoy the benefits. But that lies out of our hands as these things always do.

“When see things like Danny Wilson going, it does make you wonder.”

Clough has been hugely critical of Barnsley’s decision to part company with his predcessor only 63 matches after returning to Oakwell.

“I don’t know anyone in football who can understand it,” he added. “Steve Cotterill and I were talking about it before the (Bristol City) game (last weekend) and he was bemused by it too.

“When you see things like that happening, you don’t know what to make of it. Well, actually you do.

“But for me and everyone, and I mean everyone, else that I’ve spoken to, it doesn’t seem right.”

Reed, aged 17, and fellow teenager Adams both feature among a clutch of players promoted from youth to first team level by Clough and his coaching staff in recent months. However Diego De Girolamo, the Italy under-20 international, has joined York City on loan after rejecting a new contract.

Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers are both believed to have been contacted by folk purporting to represent the player following his decision to leave South Yorkshire at the end of the season.

“There’s every chance we won’t be around to enjoy benefits of these lads but it’s the right thing to do,” Clough said. “We feel the club will get the benefit from them.

“Bristol City are top of the league but they don’t have youngsters (involved) to same scale we do. We want to get promoted desperately. As much as anybody else.

“But nothing should come at the expense of bringing these talented lads through either.”

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