Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has refused to downplay his rivalry with Nottingham Forest’s Billy Davies ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash between the two teams at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
Davies famously accused the former England international of “kneeing” him during a touchline melee when Forest visited bitter rivals Derby County in 2010.
And although Clough, who spent nearly five years in charge at the iPro Stadium before being appointed by United earlier this term, last night insisted this weekend’s fifth round tie is “all about the players,” he said: “I don’t especially get on with him (Davies), no. We will shake hands and that will be it.
“We have had a few run-ins down the years, which is probably inevitable because of the teams we were managing at the time.
“Derby versus Forest clashes are always going to be interesting. When I was at Derby, they included days when we had melees and we all got fined by the FA. There was a lot of passion on show.”
Clough, who made over 400 appearances for Forest during his playing career, added: “This match captures the imagination because of the connections.”