Nigel Clough: Sheffield United not panicking about promotion bid

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough guided Sheffield United to seventh last season

Sheffield United are "desperate" to gain promotion from League One but are not panicking about their current league position, according to manager Nigel Clough.

The Blades, who lost to lowly Crewe on Saturday, are fifth in the table.

The Bramall Lane side are looking to get back to the Championship at the fourth attempt.

"Everyone is desperate to go up but that needs to come across in the right way," Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"There's no point in us panicking or the players panicking. We have to stay calm and relaxed and play our football.

"We're still in a great position and reaching the play-offs is in our hands."

Clough has led the Blades to semi-finals in both the FA Cup and the League Cup since taking charge in October 2013.

The former Derby boss believes it is important that the team are in a position to compete in the second tier when they get promoted.

"We're trying to put in place a pattern of play and a system that will take us into the next league and not just scramble up there and look at coming straight back down again," he added.

"We'd rather build something that can last us beyond that. There's been a lot of occasions where teams have got up there and not been ready for it or not had the foundation to build on it.

"The priority is to get up but the last thing we want to do is spend the next season in the bottom three. I don't see the point of that."

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