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Sheffield United players get 'balls out' into interview

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Goalkeeper Mark Howard and left-back Bob Harris both managed to mention the phrase "get the balls out" during an interview with our friends over at ITV Calendar today.

The pair even managed to get sports reporter Chris Dawkes to repeat the phrase in a question to manager Nigel Adkins, who replied with a wry smile.

United begin their League One campaign at Gillingham on August 8th.

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Sheffield United appoint Adkins as new boss

Nigel Adkins is back in the game. Credit: PA

League One Sheffield United have confirmed the appointment of former Southampton and Reading manager Nigel Adkins. Adkins replaces Nigel Clough who was sacked following the club's failing to gain promotion this season.

Sheffield United sack manager Nigel Clough

Sheffield United have sacked Nigel Clough after the club missed out on League One promotion.

Clough has been dismissed by the Blades. Credit: PA

The Blades, who reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Swindon and have been condemned to a fifth year in the third tier.

Clough has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect, with his coaching staff of Gary Crosby and Andy Garner following through the exit door.

A club statement 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.

– Sheffield United club statement

Baxter and McCarey fail drugs tests

Blades midfielder Jose Baxter failed a drugs test. Credit: PA

Sheffield United midfielder Jose Baxter and Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey have both failed drugs tests and been placed under suspension, their clubs have announced.

A statement from Sheffield United on Saturday evening announced that "traces of a banned substance" were found when Baxter underwent Football Association testing.

Wolves said McCarey had failed a test for "a non-performance enhancing substance".

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All square between Preston and Sheffield United

Paul Gallagher scored from a free-kick. Credit: PA

Diego De Girolamo scored his first goal for Sheffield United as last season's FA Cup semi-finalists earned a fourth-round replay with a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

Preston began the brighter and Paul Gallagher opened the scoring on 19 minutes but Italy under-20 international De Girolamo struck midway through the second half for the Blades.

Captain tells Sheffield United to up game for Spurs clash

Sheffield United captain Michael Doyle accepts his side must lift their game to an even higher level if they are to pull off another upset in their two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

But the Irish midfielder insists if the tie is still alive after Wednesday night's first leg at White Hart Lane, Nigel Clough's cup specialists will have "a brilliant chance" in the return leg at Bramall Lane.

Michael Doyle will lead his team out at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA

"There's a lot to play for and I'm sure Tottenham will be fired up," Doyle said. "They'll look at our previous results and performances in other cup games and I'm sure they'll take note of that.

"They won't underestimate us, especially as we've come so far and they'll be looking to finish it in the first leg, so we've got to be on our guard.

"I just hope we can keep the tie alive. If we can, coming back to Bramall Lane will give us a brilliant chance."

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