No panic for Clough

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough will not panic if his side fail to make a flying start to the new League One season.

The Blades, whose miserable start to the last campaign cost previous manager David Weir his job, take on Bristol City at Bramall Lane in their opening fixture on Saturday.

Clough's side are among the favourites again for promotion, but the former Derby boss has made nine summer signings and feels his squad could need more time to gel.

"It would be lovely to get off to a great start and be in the top few, but if we're not it's not the end of the world," Clough said.

"You're talking about a whole new team coming in. Some will settle quicker than others."

Clough claimed Saturday's opponents Bristol City are another good bet for promotion this season after adding the likes of Aaron Wilbraham, Luke Freeman and Luke Ayling to their squad.

"I think (City's recruitment) has been excellent," Clough added.

"And when you look at the run we had at the end of the season, well after their defeat here at Bramall Lane (in February) I think they went on a better run than us in the league.

"They've gone a little bit under the radar. I'll have a word with Steve Cotterill about that, they deserve a favourites tag as much as anybody in the league.

"The experience they've got, they've signed some good players, so I think they're going to be as tough as they come.

"It's a very tough start we've been handed. We go to Coventry and Peterborough after that so our first three games, I don't think they come much tougher than that and it will be important to hang in there.

"If things don't go too brilliantly in the first three games we're not going to get too down about it because we'll have 43 to go."