Burton Albion: Managerial merry-go-round of success

When Nigel Clough left Burton Albion just months before their promotion to the Football League there was still a great sense of optimism, despite the sadness of losing one of the club’s most popular ever personnel.

Former England international Roy McFarland took over the reigns as caretaker manager. He managed to win nine of his 22 games in charge; however he did lose 10, as Burton stumbled over the line to win the Blue Square Premier title, despite losing a 19 point lead at the top.

With such poor form following Clough’s departure it would be fair to say that there was some worry amongst fans heading into The Football League. The man tasked with taking charge of the Brewer’s maiden League 2 voyage was former Derby striker Paul Peschisolido. The Canadian brought an attractive style of football to The Pirelli stadium and managed the side to an unexpected 13th place finish.

His second season in charge saw the club once again stay in the division as they finished 19th in the league. Peschisolido’s reign would end in March, the following season, after Burton went 14 games without a win. His assistant Gary Rowett took charge and managed the club to a respectable 17th in the division.

Rowett hit the ground running in his new role. He utterly transformed the playing squad with players like Calvin Zola and Jaques Maghoma producing tremendous form as Burton finished 4th in Rowett’s first full season, losing out to Bradford in the Play-offs.

Rowett’s second season yielded yet more impressive performances as a 6th placed finish gave the club the chance to progress to the Play-Off final at Wembley, where they lost out to Fleetwood Town.

In his third season Rowett showed even more desire as the club stole a march on the rest of the division, remaining in the automatic promotion places for much of the season. Rowett left Burton for another former club in Birmingham City in September. The man who replaced him was Premier League legend and Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who has already shown in his short time in charge that his reputation as a player is something he has brought into management.

It is not yet known how long he will stay at Burton before bigger names come calling but one thing is for sure: Burton have an eye for success.


Below is a table of each manager’s record while at Burton.

Name Games (League) Won Lost
Paul Peschisolido 102 33 43
Gary Rowett 142 63 45
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 20 12 3


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