Despite being ‘desperate’ to gain promotion back into the Championship, Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough insists that nobody within the club is pushing the panic button just yet.
The Blades suffered a disappointing defeat last weekend at home to struggling Crewe and currently lie in fifth place in Sky Bet League One.
This season is the club’s fourth in the third tier but the former Derby County boss is keeping his cool.
Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘Everyone is desperate to go up but that needs to come across in the right way.
‘There is no point in us panicking or the players panicking. We have to stay calm and relaxed and try to play our football.
‘We are in a fantastic position and reaching the play-offs is within our grasp.’
Clough has led the Blades to semi-finals in both domestic cup competitions since arriving at Bramall Lane in October 2013.
The Blades boss believes it is crucial that the team are in a position to compete in the Championship when they gain promotion.
He continued: ‘We are trying to put in place a pattern of play and a system that will take us into the next league and not just scramble up there and then come straight back down again.’
‘We’d rather build something that can last beyond that. There has been lots of occasions where teams have got up there and not been ready for it or had the foundation to build.’
‘Our priority is to get promotion but the last thing we want to do is spend the whole of next season in the bottom three. There is no point in that.’
Clough’s side face a duo of Yorkshire derbies over Easter, travelling to in-form Barnsley on Saturday before hosting Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.