Nigel Clough has today been appointed as the manager of League One strugglers Sheffield United. 

Clough, 47, was sacked as manager of Derby County only last month after a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest. However, with David Weir also axed after a miserable opening start to the season Clough has been able to make a swift return to management.

Although a constant front-runner with the bookies, there were doubts over whether Clough would be able to sign immediately given the legal battle he now faces with Derby County over compensation. 

However, Sheffield United were able to provide enough incentive for Clough to take on a new challenge. 

"Nigel has a tremendous pedigree in the game," said United's co-chairman Kevin McCabe to reporters. 

"He brings undoubted experience and can provide stability, energy and confidence to the playing side, drawing on his 11 years at Burton Albion followed by over four and a half years with Derby County in the Championship." 

New Sheffield United co-chairman Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad Abdulaziz Al Saud also added: "Nigel was the clear, first choice of the board. He brings an approach to the game that is well suited to what we are trying to achieve at Sheffield United."

"Nigel has enjoyed managerial success in the game. He knows how to inspire first team players to give their all and has a proven track record of making an academy a key ingredient to the club's success. We count ourselves lucky to have Nigel aboard."

The Sheffield club were expected to challenge for promotion this season after a play-off semi-final defeat to Yeovil last season.

They have struggled badly this campaign, however, and now find themselves two points adrift in the relegation after losing seven of their last ten games. 

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