NIGEL CLOUGH today paid the price for Sheffield United’s failure to win promotion to the Championship.
The League One club has revealed that the former England international has left Bramall Lane along with his coaching staff.
Clough’s dismissal follows United’s defeat in the play-off semi-finals to Swindon Town earlier this month.
A successor -has not yet been identified with the club hoping to recruit the “right candidate within a relatively short period of time”. Whoever gets the job will be United’s seventh appointment since Neil Warnock left in 2007.
The Blades’ failure to secure promotion at the fourth attempt had left supporters split on whether Clough, appointed in October 2013, should be given another chance to take the club up.
United’s board, however, clearly felt a change of direction was needed ahead of what will be the south Yorkshire outfit’s fifth consecutive season in the third tier.
Clough, whose side finished fifth in his only full campaign at the helm, led United to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 2013-14 and the last four of the Capital One Cup this time around.
That, though, has not been enough to prevent the Blades dispensing his services.
A club statement read: “Sheffield United today announce that Nigel Clough, the club’s first team manager, and his management staff, are to leave Bramall Lane with immediate effect following the decision by the board that a change in direction was necessary for the forthcoming season.
“The search for the club’s new first team manager will now start and it is hoped that this will result in identifying and recruiting the right candidate within a relatively short period of time.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Nigel, as well as his backroom staff of Gary Crosby, Andy Garner, Martin Taylor, Simon Clough, Michael Forsyth and Matt Brown for their contribution to the club during their time at Bramall Lane and wish them all well for their future.”