NIGEL Clough is back in business after being named boss of League One strugglers Sheffield United.
The former Derby County and Burton Albion manager was sacked in controversial fashion by the Rams last month.
He was widely tipped to take over at Bramall Lane but the move was delayed by compensation negotiations at Pride Park.
Speaking at his unveiling yesterday, Clough said: “I’m proud and honoured to come here. I will try to build a team and a squad to get promoted.
“The target is to get stability and a squad together to push for promotion.”
Clough, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, has taken long-time assistant manager Gary Crosby and first-team coach Andy Garner with him to the Blades, who sit in the League One relegation zone.
United chairman Kevin McCabe says it is a “fantastic coup” for the club.
He said: “Nigel has a tremendous pedigree in the game. He brings undoubted experience and can provide stability, energy and confidence to the playing side, drawing on 11 years at Burton Albion followed by four-and-a-half years with Derby County in the Championship.”
Clough will take charge of United for the first time when they host Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.
He succeeds David Weir in the job and is retaining the services of Blades stalwart Chris Morgan, who was in temporary charge.