Blades chief Clough now calls for a united front

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has called on the club’s fans to continue rallying round the team in the wake of the Ched Evans saga.

Nigel Clough

Clough was overwhelmed by the number of fans who followed the Blades to Doncaster on Saturday, the club’s first game since they accepted the PFA’s request to allow Evans, a convicted rapist, to return to train with them. That decision prompted a national debate as well as disapproval from a number of high-profile figures.

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The club released a statement on Saturday condemning the actions of those who had villified individuals for voicing their opinion. Clough, who said he wholeheartedly agreed with the statement, added: “We want the fans to get behind us and get behind the team, just as they did on Saturday. To take over 4,000 supporters to a League One away game is incredible.

“When you’re having a rough time on or off the pitch, it’s important for the whole club to stick together. And we’re doing that at the moment.”