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23 October 2013

Co-owner Kevin McCabe and newly appointed first-team manager Nigel Clough have spoken at length to the media this afternoon (Wednesday) at Bramall Lane.

After the news was confirmed on just before 1pm on Wednesday afternoon that former Derby boss Clough was to be David Weir's successor, the aforementioned duo, along with board member Selahattin Baki were thrust into the media spotlight in the 1889 Suite.

Upon signing a two-and-a-half year contract to become Blades boss, Clough sights the 'potential' at S2 as one of the main factors behind his decision to make a swift return to the dugout.

The 47-year-old remarked: "The potential attracted me to Sheffield United. My feeling of this place is that it is a proper football club and anyone in the game will know what I mean by that.

"The stadium, the infrastructure and the supporters represent a traditional football and with that comes the chance of being successful.

"The support the team has received this season alone is incredible, when the fans back the team it only helps the players when the crowd is fully behind you.

"It was difficult leaving Derby County but this will help. We are here to do a job and we will use the anger, the feeling of disappointment and the sense of injustice of leaving Derby as an incentive to succeed with Sheffield United.

"When an opportunity like this arises you can't turn round and say I want a break comeback in a couple of months. I made a decision that this was too good an offer to decline.

"My immediate thought is getting us as far away from that bottom four as soon as possible, then we have to put a squad together and get it balanced ready for a push up the table."

Following the appointment of Clough, McCabe revealed that the former England international was always at the top of his wishlist, once David Weir had been relieved of his duties as manager earlier this month.

McCabe added: "Nigel's background as a player within the top echelons of English football speaks for itself, having represented Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City with distinction.

"I have observed his managerial career that started off with Burton Albion with great interest from afar. He brought Burton into the Football League and then had some notable achievements most recently with Derby County.

"As an owner of a club I can understand what Nigel had to contend with during his early days at Pride Park, in terms of reducing the player wage bill and integrating players from the youth system.

"Sheffield Untied wants to retain managers for the long-term, Neil (Warnock) proved that belief, but there were genuine reasons behind the departures of all subsequent managers.

"David (Weir) was a fine man, we all believed he was the right person to take the club forward as did the fans, but for whatever reason results suggested otherwise.

"Nigel is still young but very experienced. Having cut his teeth in management and succeeded at his previous clubs, Nigel knows how to handle pressure and expectation."

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