Sheffield United punishing fixture schedule could become even more demanding after the Football League confirmed it has “no plans” to extend the season.
Nigel Clough’s side, who could be forced to play nine games in 30 days if this evening’s FA Cup tie between Sheffield Wednesday
and Charlton Athletic finishes all-square, have already been forced to rearrange contests against the likes of Brentford and
Peterborough due to a waterlogged pitch at Bramall Lane.
Although the United manager has refused to complain about the demands being placed upon his squad, privately he is expected to
resist moves to play their quarter-final meeting with the winners of tonight’s fifth round clash within 48 hours of a league match
should that possibility arise.
Asked by The Star if there are measures in place to ease the burden on members such as United and Crawley Town, whose
campaign has also been disrupted by the weather, a FL spokesperson acknowledged: “Conditions have been particularly testing in
many areas of the country this winter leading to a number of postponed matches.
“However The League is confident that all remaining fixtures can be played in sufficient time and there are no plans to extend the
Meanwhile Clough, whose team climbed to 17th in the League One table after beating Bristol City last weekend, has confirmed he
will not allow the spectre of a Steel City derby to overshadow United’s preparations for tomorrow’s visit to Colchester.
“We’ll have someone there but it won’t be me,” Clough said. “I will be travelling down there with the rest of the team.
“However, I’m sure we’ll be more than aware of what the score is at Hillsborough and how things are going on.”