Nigel Clough Resigns as Burton Director to Cut Costs | Burton Albion


Nigel Clough has stepped down as director of Burton Albion to help the League One club adapt to the financial challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Clough, who is on a slippery contract, will end his second spell next month and will be replaced by club captain Jake Buxton.

Clough, the most successful manager in Burton’s history, offered to retire with clubs who didn’t know when fans could attend the games. His assistant, Gary Crosby, and his brother Simon, the chief scout, will also be leaving.

“We hope that by withdrawing it will help the club cope with the financial pressures in these unprecedented times, and it will also help the club secure the jobs of as many staff as possible,” said Clough.

Clough returned five years ago after a two-year stay at Sheffield United, helping Burton enter the championship for the first time. The 54-year-old had previously led the club to the brink of the Football League before leaving for Derby. Buxton, a 35-year-old former Derby defender, is expected to take over as player-manager.

“Nigel Clough has had phenomenal success with the club in two 22-year periods,” said Burton president Ben Robinson. “During this period, the club experienced the greatest period in its history, including two years of championship, which, for a club of our stature, is a remarkable success.

“Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is having a dramatic impact on all football clubs, which means that we have to make tough financial decisions in order to protect the club and make sure it still exists for the supporters and the benefit of the community for generations to come… It is therefore with a heavy heart, after having discussed with Nigel, Gary and Simon, we agreed that their departure would help us meet these challenges. I want to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication during their long association with the club.

“Jake Buxton is the natural choice to take over as a player-manager because he knows the club thoroughly. It continues our long tradition of giving young managers an opportunity. “

Discussions between League One clubs over the interrupted season are ongoing, with at least six teams, most of which are in the mix for promotion, determined to resume play. Conversations continued on Monday but there is still a wave of clubs who want the season to be interrupted on the grounds that it is too expensive to continue.

The Ligue 2 clubs made it clear on Friday that they oppose relegation, a consideration the EFL board will discuss on Wednesday. Such a view will likely meet with strong resistance from the National League and any decision would require the approval of the Football Federation.


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