CLOUGH: LET’S TAKE IDEAS FROM RUGBY AND CRICKET
RUGBY might regard football as a gentlemen’s game played by hooligans, but Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has proved that such disrespect is not mutual.
Instead, he is advising his players to learn from other team sports, notably the ongoing Six Nations and the Cricket World Cup in Aus- tralia and New Zealand.
Clough believes creating some internal competition in the Blades squad between defenders and attackers could prove beneficial as they look to tighten their grip on a topsix spot.
He said: “In cricket, batsmen will look to score runs and then, if the bowlers don’t take the wickets, they’ll want to know why or vice-versa.
“In rugby you see the same thing between the forwards and the backs.
“There’s nothing wrong with that so long as it’s all constructive and within the right framework.
“It’s that ruthless streak you need to achieve.”