Clough exits Bramall Lane

25 May 2015 06:50:58 EST

Sheffield United have parted company with Nigel Clough after he failed to guide the Blades to promotion from League One.

Earlier this month United were beaten by Swindon Town in the semi-finals of the play-offs. The Robins also failed to clinch a place in the Championship as they were thrashed 4-0 by Preston North End on Sunday in the Wembley final.

Sheffield United finished fifth in League One but their form has been better in the cups during Clough's time in charge at Bramall Lane.

The search for the club's new first-team manager will now start.

Sheffield United statement.

They reached the semi-finals of last season's FA Cup, before losing 5-3 to Hull City, and were beaten by Tottenham in the two-legged semi-final of this term's Capital One Cup.

Clough had managerial spells at Burton Albion and Derby County before replacing David Weir as United boss in October 2013.

A statement from Sheffield United read: "The search for the club's new first-team manager will now start and it is hoped that this will result in identifying and recruiting the right candidate within a relatively short period of time.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Nigel, as well as his backroom staff of Gary Crosby, Andy Garner, Martin Taylor, Simon Clough, Michael Forsyth and Matt Brown for their contribution to the club during their time at Bramall Lane and wish them all well for their future."

Sheffield United are 1/1 to finish top of League One next season, while Swindon can be backed at 1/1, Gillingham at 1/1 and Burton Albion at 1/1.

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