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Co-owner backing Clough

25 October 2013

Kevin McCabe is confident Nigel Clough's appointment as Blades boss will see United move purposefully away from the League One danger zone.

Speaking after confirmation that Clough had penned a two-and-a-half year deal as David Weir's successor, McCabe said: "Having spoken to him for around five minutes, it was very clear that Nigel was on the same page as us.

"We have spoken at length to Nigel about the end gameplan and the deal we struck earlier this year with Prince Abdullah. Our stated intention is to get Sheffield United back in the Premiership, that isn't something we talk about idly.

"In the short-term the task is simple, we need to get away from the bottom four into something of a comfort zone and then if we do that quickly let's see where we end up.

"Nigel is focused on the immediate task; he has a clear objective and is solely putting all his efforts into continuing the excellent work Chris Morgan has put in during the last week or so."

When questioned whether the Blades faced competition for Clough's services, McCabe added that the 47-year-old former Burton and Derby boss made the decision purely on footballing terms:

"Nigel is a man of his word, once we shook hands on a deal then that was it for me. He is an honorable bloke and I don't think he is one to chase the biggest buck.

"He knows what he has taken on board here and the benefits this club will offer him. He knows the size and potential of the Blades and that excites him greatly, as it does me."

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