Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock is backing Nigel Clough to prove a big success at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
Warnock, who spent nearly eight years in charge of the South Yorkshire club, delivered his verdict following Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Hull City which, despite ending in defeat, saw them win hearts and minds among neutrals and opponents alike by producing what Steve Bruce later described as a “hugely impressive” performance.
United, who enter tomorrow’s League One fixture with Stevenage 11th in the table, were spiralling towards relegation when Clough was appointed sixth months ago and Warnock told The Star: “Nigel has done a superb job and I’ve just got this feeling that something is about to happen there.
“He’s galvanised the team and you can tell there’s a really good spirit in the camp. To turn things around as quickly as he’s done takes some doing and it certainly bodes well for the future.”
Warnock, who achieved promotion to the top-flight in 2006, watched Sunday’s game against Bruce’s side in his capacity as an expert summariser for BT Sport.
“I want to thank the United fans for the reception they gave me when I walked around the pitch,” Warnock added. “It meant so much and I don’t mind admitting that I got quite emotional.
“They really are second to none. Moments like that are difficult to put into words.”