Nigel Clough has been sacked by Sheffield United after 19 months in charge.
Clough and his management staff have been relieved of their duties with the United board deciding ‘a change in direction was necessary for the forthcoming season.’
The board says they are looking to appoint Clough’s successor ‘within a relatively short period of time.’
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The replacement will become the Blades’ eighth manager in the eight years since Neil Warnock left the club.
A statement from the club read: “Sheffield United today announce that Nigel Clough, the club’s first team manager, and his management staff, are to leave Bramall Lane with immediate effect following the decision by the board that a change in direction was necessary for the forthcoming season.
“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.”
Clough arrived at Bramall Lane in October 2013, replacing David Weir as manager with the Blades sitting in the League One relegation zone.
He guided them to the FA Cup semi final that season and a seventh-placed finish in the table, missing out on the play-offs by seven points.
Promotion was the aim for the 2014/15 campaign and while United were consistently around the top six for much of the season, a challenge for automatic promotion was never mounted.
Clough again guided the Blades to a cup semi final, the Capital One Cup, but they were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Swindon Town.