Ri­val Billy no mate of young Clough

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND - By John Hunter

HIS FA­THER was known for rub­bing fel­low man­agers up the wrong way and Sh­effield United boss Nigel Clough ap­pears to be a chip off the old block – es­pe­cially when it comes to old foe Billy Davies.

The two lock horns again to­day as Clough, not so much wel­comes, as puts up with, his For­est coun­ter­part in their FA Cup fifth round clash at Bra­mall Lane.

Their re­la­tion­ship has al­ways been rocky. Clough’s four-and-a-hal­fyear spell in charge of Derby made sure of that.

But the son of Brian, a leg­end at the City Ground who turned them from no-hop­ers into two-time Euro­pean Cup win­ners, isn’t par­tic­u­larly both­ered.

Things be­tween the pair came to a head dur­ing a 1-0 win for Derby at Pride Park in Jan­uary 2010.

A mass con­fronta­tion en­sued with Davies and Clough in­volved in the scrum. It is al­leged by Davies that the for­mer Rams man­ager stuck in a sly knee – an ac­cu­sa­tion Clough has al­ways de­nied.

So it’s not just a quar­ter-fi­nal place up for grabs as the Blades sharpen their claws for the visit of the Cham­pi­onship high­fly­ers.

“I don’t es­pe­cially get on with him, no,” said Clough, For­est’s record post-war scorer with 131. “We will shake hands and that will be it.We have had a few run-ins down the years, which is prob­a­bly in­evitable be­cause of the teams we were man­ag­ing at the time.

“Derby ver­sus For­est clashes are al­ways go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing. When I was at Derby, they in­cluded days when we had melees and we all got fined by the FA. There was a lot of pas­sion on show. This match cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion be­cause of the con­nec­tions.”

This is more than Clough v Davies though. The Blades have al­ready knocked Pre­mier League Ful­ham and As­ton Villa out but For­est haven’t lost an away game since Oc­to­ber and re­main 13 league games un­beaten.

Clough has no fresh in­jury con­cerns with skip­per Michael Doyle back from sus­pen­sion, al­though striker Billy Payn­ter is cup-tied and El­liott Whitehouse and Cal­lum McFadzean both in­el­i­gi­ble.

For For­est, mid­field duo Guy Moussi and Djamal Ab­doun are both ex­pected to miss the trip with Henri Lans­bury, David Vaughan, Chris Co­hen, Kelvin Wil­son and Dex­ter Blackstock all longterm ab­sen­tees.

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Nigel Clough locks horns with old foe Billy Davies

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