Evans decision not ‘rushed’: Clough

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Published: Wednesday 12th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Manager Nigel Clough insists Sheffield United did not rush into their decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the club.

The Blades announced on Tuesday evening that the 25-year-old would train at his old club after a request from the Professional Footballers’ Association to allow him the opportunity to rebuild his fitness.

Clough, who takes his team to Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Wednesday night, said on Sky Sports News: “I think everything has been deliberated properly, nobody has rushed into any decisions at the club.

“Everybody realises the gravity of the situation and seriousness of everything and that’s why it has taken so long to even get to this stage.

“It has been prompted by the PFA and that’s as far as it goes now.

“We deliberated as a club for some weeks and came to this decision. According to the law of the land he is entitled an opportunity to resume his career.”

United’s statement made it clear the club were ” not prepared at this time” to make a decision on whether to re-sign Evans as a player.

And on whether allowing Evans to train at the club would lead to a potential deal at Bramall Lane, Clough added: “That’s a long way from being true. The statement said that he is purely down to train with us and we will take it from there.”

Published: Wednesday 12th November 2014 by The News Editor

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