Sheffield United: Boss says Butler is made of the right stuff

Andy Butler (right) has joined Sheffield United from Walsall
Andy Butler (right) has joined Sheffield United from Walsall

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has admitted Andy Butler is a potential captain of the League One club, writes James Shield.

The former Walsall centre-half completed his much-anticipated transfer to Bramall Lane on Thursday before being officially unveiled to the media next week.

Although Clough is a staunch ally of Michael Doyle, who skippered United last term, he said: “We’ll look at that. We’ll probably see what happens in pre-season.

“Andy is a good character the same as Michael. And you can never have too many of those.”

Despite refusing to offer any guarantees about ownership of the armband, Clough is unlikely to strip Doyle of the accolade after mounting a strong defence of the 32-year-old’s qualities following his appointment in October.

Butler, who had been commuting to the Midlands from his home near Doncaster, has been instrumental in helping to transform Walsall’s fortunes of late and was a member of the team which beat United at the Bescot Stadium five months ago.

“This club in itself was the selling point for Andy,” Clough said. “There was interest in him from elsewhere but he made it plain he wanted to come here which we were naturally delighted about.”

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