Three reasons Nigel Clough is the ideal candidate for the Rotherham United job

Nigel Clough

The former Sheffield United and Derby County boss could be the ideal manager for Rotherham United.

We take a look at three reasons why former Sheffield United, Derby County and Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough could be the ideal candidate for Rotherham United in their search for a new manager. 

Developing young players:

While at Derby, Clough was responsible for overseeing the development of young players like Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick and Mason Bennett and ensuring there was a route from the academy into the first team. 

He earned a reputation as a very good coach of young players and installed a good footballing philosophy into each player before allowing them to join up with the senior squad. 

The likes of Farrend Rawson, Tom Thorpe and Joe Newell could flourish under his guidance as they suit his particular management style.

Working on a budget:

Rotherham are far away from being the biggest spenders in the Championship and any new manager will need to work to a relatively tight budget.

Although Clough may not have a perfect record when it comes to successful signings, he has proven on numerous occasions in the past that he has an eye for player and can sniff out a bargain. 

Che Adams, Chris Martin, Craig Bryson, John Brayford and Jake Buxton are to name a few as he shows it pays to scout locally. 

Strong player relationships:

Clough is renowned for building excellent relationships with his players, epitomised by John Brayford's decision to leave Cardiff City for League One Sheffield United last season. 

The likes of Paul Coutts, Kieran Freeman, Steve Davies and Jake Buxton have all been with Clough at more than one club - a trait that shows players trust his leadership and management with their careers. 

He has built tight-knit sides at all three clubs he has been named manager, and always looks to build towards a long-term goal rather than a short-term aim. 

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