Nigel Clough is to step down as manager of Burton Albion, the club has announced.

Gary Crosby, assistant manager, and Chief Scout, Simon Clough, will also be leaving the club.

Ben Robinson, chairman, said that the coronavirus pandemic is "having a dramatic impact on all football clubs, meaning we have to make difficult financial decisions going forward."

He will be replaced by Jake Buxton, who will be player-manager Credit: Burton Albion

"Nigel Clough has achieved phenomenal success with the club during two spells going back 22 years. During this time, the club has enjoyed the greatest period in its history including two years in the Championship, which for a club of our stature is a remarkable achievement.

Ben Robinson, Chairman

Clough first joined Burton Albion in 1998, initially as a player-manager, before returning in 2015. He said he hopes that the move will help the club with the financial pressures and secure the jobs of other staff.

"It has been an incredible two decades for Burton Albion and it has been a pleasure to share those times with everyone and I want to say a big thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and supporters for being a massive part of that.

Nigel Clough

Clough will be replaced by Jake Buxton, who will become a player-manager when his current playing contract expires.

“I want to thank the Chairman for giving me this tremendous opportunity. It’s an immense honour to follow in the footsteps of Nigel Clough who has achieved so much in the game, especially here at Burton Albion, and who has helped me progress throughout my career."

Jake Buxton

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