Burton Albion head coach Nigel Clough has told the Burton Mail that he hopes to avoid losing out from the usual new manager bounce that Blackburn Rovers might get.

Blackburn this week decided to sack their head coach Owen Coyle after spending the majority of the season in the relegation zone and they moved quickly to find a replacement. Just one day after Coyle was given his P45, the Lancashire club appointed Tony Mowbray as his replacement and the six pointer against Burton is set to be his first match in charge.

The man who will be in the other dugout on Saturday though is wary of the new manager knowing what usually happens after their appoint. Often following the appointment of a new boss, teams have a temporary boost of form which is usually put down to the players being extra keen to impress their new manager. And Clough has said he is hoping that the new manager bounce will not be happening to Blackburn this weekend.

He said: “I don’t like seeing a manager sacked at any time, but you never know what effect it’s going to have on the team,”

“I think the timing, again – very surprised.”

“They’ve picked up a little recently, I thought it was one of their best performances of the season against Manchester United on Sunday in the FA Cup, where they pushed them all the way. It said mutual consent. I hope it is, that Owen has had a say in it as well.”

“But it’s a bit surprising, and we’ll have to see what happens Friday. We don’t want somebody coming in and the new manager’s sitting in the stand and everyone tries 10 per cent harder.”

“Hopefully we’ll avoid that one.”


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