No-one's in a position to do that."We issued a statement saying we're aware of public deliberations on this matter and we've taken a decision, after several weeks, after taking all these facts in consideration. The next step is to sort out some kind of training programme for him."The club yesterday released a statement in which they said that they had not been decided whether Evans
. That's nowhere near being decided yet." Asked why the club have not yet made a decision, Clough said: "It goes in stages.
Televion presenter Charlie Webster quit the position in protest over the return of convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Earlier this year the former Sky Sports presenter insisted that she would quit her position if Evans was re-signed to the League One club.
Webster told BBC's Newsnight that she had had a "positive" conversation with United's chairman but added that she felt she had to make a decision after Evans returned to training.
She said: "At no point have Sheffield United acknowledged the extremity of his crime. I think it's over 155,000 people now that have signed a petition against Ched Evans going back to the club.
"Nobody's making a decision and I suppose I feel I need to make a decision as patron of Sheffield United.
"My decision, which I've informed the club about a little bit earlier on, is that I resign as patron of Sheffield United, Sheffield United Community Foundation, which is all about inspiring the next generation through sport.
"My decision is made on the fact that I don't believe a convicted rapist, as in Ched Evans, should go back to a club that I am patron of and should go back into the community to represent the community.
"He's not just going into a job, he's bandied as a role model, we cheer him on as a role model and he's influencing the next generation of young men who are currently still making their decisions on how to treat women and what sexual mutual consent is."
Webster has previously revealed how she was sexually assaulted as a teenager.
The presenter today thanked supporters on Twitter and said: "Overwhelmed by the level of your support. I am so heartened to see that the vast majority are standing with me & saying that this isn’t okay."
The only other female patron of Sheffield United, Lindsay Graham, also resigned today citing "personal reasons".
Shortly afterwards sixties singer Dave Berry also left his position as a patron.
Despite the outcry at Evans' return to training, some have supported the move.
Former Labour sports minister Richard Caborn said that Evans should be allowed to return to football if he apologises or his cleared on appeal.
The former sports minister told BBC Radio Sheffield: "There are two processes in which I believe Ched Evans can come back into professional football.
"One - he is pursuing an appeal. And I don't think that anyone would deny that if they believe there has been a miscarriage of justice they have a right to have that heard.That's been fast-tracked because of the high profile case.
"Or secondly, Ched as a professional footballer - this is where I disagree with the PFA - I believe professional footballers are role models in society and therefore Ched would have to apologise for his actions and show remorse. I think that's very important indeed.
"If he does either of those two things - his name is cleared through the courts - or he shows remorse, then I believe he has a right or indeed should then be allowed back into professional football. They are the conditions, I believe.
"Nobody would deny anybody natural justice. If he believes he has been wronged and there has been a miscarriage of justice he has every right to go to appeal.
"That will be heard. It will be the courts, not mob rule, that decide that and I think people then should accept that as well.
"United's position hasn't changed because they're saying that they are not prepared at this time to decide the issue as to whether he comes back as a registered footballer.
"What they have done is obviously been asked by the PFA - that's the trade union of professional footballers - if Ched can actually get back into training - in the event of him being able to come at least to be fit, which will take many months, I understand, to be able to do that.
"I think the position of the club has not changed, in the sense that they are saying until this has been cleared up then they are not prepared to make a decision on that."
The 25-year-old footballer was freed from prison last month after serving two-and-a-half years.
Almost 157,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield United not to re-sign him.
Today Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough tried to downplay Evans' return, saying it is 'not a top priority' with the club who have four matches in ten days.
He said that he was consulted "like every other employee" before the decision was made to allow Evans to train with the club.
He said: "There is no timescale in terms of how long he will train with us and, in all honestly, it's not our top priority.
"Instead, we've got four games in the next ten days which will shape our season and decide whether or not we're still in two cup competitions, and back in the top six in the league.
"So that's where our focus is, not on some player who's training with us.
"He's doing so in accordance with the law and a PFA request to get fit, and be able to do his job again - whether that's with us, or somewhere else. That's nowhere near being decided yet."
Asked why the club have not yet made a decision, Clough said: "It goes in stages. How can you sign a player who hasn't played football for two years and seven months? No-one's in a position to do that.
"We issued a statement saying we're aware of public deliberations on this matter and we've taken a decision, after several weeks, after taking all these facts in consideration. The next step is to sort out some kind of training programme for him."
The club yesterday released a statement in which they said that they had not been decided whether Evans ? who protests his innocence ? would be re-signed.
However it said that it had agreed to a request from the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) to let him train.
The club said they had considered the views of staff, the Football League and the PFA, as well as United supporters and the general public, as expressed in "emails, social media comments, editorials, supporter websites, public petitions and media coverage".
They also considered the PFA view that footballers should be treated equally before the law, in terms of being allowed to be rehabilitated.
They also said that Evans had acknowledged "the destructive nature of the acts which led to his conviction".
The team added that they condemned rape and violence against women in the "strongest possible terms".
The Welsh striker was jailed in April 2012 for raping a woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.
Evans denied rape and claimed that the sex was consensual but he was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.
An appeal against the conviction was rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in 2012 but the case will be looked at by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.