Sheffield United: New man can cope with great expectations, says McCabe

Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Kevin McCabe, Sheffield United’s co-owner, has confirmed that Nigel Clough will have funds placed at his disposal to strengthen the League One club’s squad, writes James Shield.

McCabe made the admission after defending United’s record on managerial appointments following the 47-year-old’s arrival at Bramall Lane yesterday.

Clough is the ninth person to take charge of United since their relegation from the top-flight in 2007 but McCabe said: “Some changes have been through circumstance not by choice. As was the case when Gary (Speed) left for Wales.

“We’ve always given support. We gave it to both Danny (Wilson) and most recently David (Weir). In January we brought in something like five new players and around 12 this summer.

“That is stable support. And, of course, Nigel will get the same.”

McCabe, who acknowledged Clough’s immediate priority is to “get us to a comfort level,” revealed he has been an “admirer” of the former Derby County’s chief’s work for “around 10 years.” United prepare for this weekend’s visit of Crewe Alexandra 21st in the table.

“Nigel understands pressure and expectation,” McCabe said. “There is an expectation that comes with the Sheffield United job from both the board and fans.

“Sometimes, when people are confronted with that, their philosophy can change. Nigel knows how to cope with that though.

“Because of his father Brian’s magnificent achievements, carrying the Clough name is pressure itself. Nigel has ability and experience.”

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