Clough named new Blades boss
Struggling League 1 club Sheffield United have confirmed the appointment of Nigel Clough as their new manager.
The 47-year-old, who was sacked by Derby in September after four-and-a-half years at Pride Park, was unveiled as the new Blades manager at a press conference on Wednesday.
The Bramall Lane outfit had been managerless since they showed former Scotland defender David Weir the door on October 11 after just 13 games in charge.
Chris Morgan took temporary control in the interim - overseeing one defeat, one victory and Tuesday's evening's 0-0 draw at high-flying Peterborough - but the club remain languishing in 20th place in Sky Bet League 1.
Clough, who has taken coach Gary Crosby with him to Bramall Lane, said: "I've been driving my wife mad being around the house. I don't think you can pick and choose the timing of your opportunities so when something like this comes along you have to look at it. I'm proud and honoured to be given the opportunity.
"I was disappointed (to leave Derby). There was an element of anger there as well. I thought we had a very good four-and-a-half years there. I tried to turn the club's fortunes around and I've left them in a very good position.
"We'll try and build a team, a squad here that's capable of challenging for promotion. 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 them to play.
"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.
"It's staggering to get that sort of support (18,500 against Port Vale at Bramall Lane) and for the supporters to be behind the team all season when things haven't been going well. That's one of the reasons you come here."
United's co-chairman Kevin McCabe, added: "For the Blades to capture Nigel is a fantastic coup for us. I'd also like to thank Chris Morgan. We are looking to get this club back into the Premier League in a sensible period time.
"There are funds available and we'll use them in a sensible way to achieve our aims. We've got a top class academy and we expect our youngsters to make it through."
With Clough confirmed at Bramall Lane, his first job will be to prepare the Blades for Saturday's clash with Crewe, after which they face Shrewsbury, Gillingham and Bristol City.
The former Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City and England forward, guided the Rams to 78 victories in his 233 games at the helm.