Ex Sheffield Wednesday man on 'unusual' Sheffield United comments

Nigel Clough

Andy Hinchcliffe unconvinced on show of faith placed in Sheffield United's Nigel Clough.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe is unconvinced Sheffield United will be as faithful to manager Nigel Clough as they intend.

Blades senior advisor Jim Phillips told the Sheffield Star last week he would love it if was Clough to be in charge for the next two decades if possible, stating:

"We’ve got a manager which makes us comfortable going to sleep at night. He’s never proposed anything crazy.

“His response to failure is never to point the finger, he just gets on with things.

“I’d be tickled pink if, in 20 years, he was still with us. Yes, Nigel is in a performance related business, like I am. But there is nothing to suggest he is not going to perform.”

Hinchcliffe told Skysports that United's theory is all well and good, but not greatly realistic.

He said: "That is very unusual. It's very easy to say, but whether it happens is another thing.

"There will be pressure the next couple of seasons on Nigel Clough to get promoted. They are a huge club,  with a massive fanbase and they want to get promotion.

"It's a tough league, I think that's maybe what they are looking at, it's a tough League One this season, not that easy, and they are not going to stroll it by any means.

"It's nice for Nigel to hear that, he can relax a little bit as a manager. Im sure he's asking for a 20 year contract!"

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