Nigel Clough still hurt by Derby County sacking

Clough still hurt by Derby sacking
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough says that he will use the disappointment of being sacked by Derby County as motivation in his new job.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has admitted that he will use his disappointment at being sacked by Derby County as a motivation in his new role.

The 47-year-old was appointed as United boss on Thursday, less than a month after being axed by Derby.

Clough has said that the dismissal took him and his coaching staff by surprise.

"It was fairly shocking, yes," quotes Clough as saying.

"I don't think we're over it, that's why this will certainly help in that way. We gave five years of extremely hard work, but I think it also helped in coming back in straight away.

"I certainly think we can use it in the short-term as additional motivation. I think we're reasonably motivated as it is, but in the short-term we'll certainly be using it. There's certain feelings that are still there that we'll try and keep beneath the surface for as long as we can."

Clough will be joined at Bramall Lane by coaches Gary Crosby and Andy Garner.

Nigel Clough, then managing Derby County, looks on during a Championship match on March 16, 2013
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