The Sun : Nigel Clough steps down as Burton Albion boss and will be replaced by Brewers defender Jake Buxton

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NIGEL CLOUGH has stepped down as Burton Albion manager.

The 14-cap England international, 54, will be replaced at the Pirelli Stadium by Brewers defender Jake Buxton.

Nigel Clough will be replaced by Jake Buxton as Burton Albion manager
Nigel Clough will be replaced by Jake Buxton as Burton Albion manager
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Buxton will take on the role as player-manager within the coming weeks.

Clough started his managerial career with the East Midlands club with an 11-year spell between 1998 and 2009.

After four years with Derby and two at Sheffield United, he returned in 2015.

The son of legendary manager Brian helped the Brewers into the Championship in his first season back.

And last year he guided Burton to the League Cup semi-finals where they were beaten by treble-winners Manchester City.

Across his two spells he has overseen the most a large part of the successful period in the club's 70-year history.

Chairman Ben Robinson was full of appreciation for Clough – as well assistant Gary Crosby and chief scout Simon Clough who also depart – as he cited Covid-19 as the reason behind the decisio

"Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is having a dramatic impact on all football clubs, meaning we have to make difficult financial decisions going forward in order to safeguard the club and ensure it still exists for the supporters and the benefit of the community for generations to come. At present we have no idea when football will be safe to re-start and whether we will be able to play in front of crowds or behind closed doors, which brings a high degree of financial uncertainty.

"It's therefore with a heavy heart that after talks with Nigel, Gary and Simon we have agreed that their departure will help us meet these challenges. I want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication over their long association with the club.

"Jake Buxton is the natural choice to take over as player/manager as he knows the club inside and out. He continues our long tradition of giving young managers an opportunity and I'm sure he will go on to be as successful as he has been on the field."


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