With the departure of Nigel Clough, have Sheffield United dropped the ball on a somewhat successful season for the club?
It came as quite a shock when the board decided to let Clough go this week, with the club having both a successful cup spell and finishing in the play-off spots this season, why has Clough been let go?
Although a miserable high octane game against Swindon Town has the entertainment factor, it also had the damning fact that Sheffield United would be remaining in League One for another season.
Son of legendary boss Brian Clough, Nigel hasn’t had it easy at Sheffield United with being forced to have a small group of players and a shoestring budget since joining, Clough has been set astronomical targets to accomplish, which he has struggled with considerably.
Apart from the big money return of John Brayford to replace the departing Harry Maguire, Clough was forced to bring in an influx of young players into his squad and should be praised for the signings of Kieran Wallace and Che Adams from Ilkeston. With both players being fantastic talents for the club.
Along with the sanctions on transfers, Clough has had to deal with a small squad of 26 with an average age of 25.8. To finish in the top 6 with a squad like this is a fantastic feat that should be heavily praised.
Although it may not have worked out at Sheffield United, Clough should be praised for the work he did for the club on and off the pitch and will be on a few clubs shortlists when the sacking season officially begins next season.