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​Clough quits as Burton Albion manager to help club finances

Nigel Clough has quit as manager of Burton Albion with immediate effect.

The boss is not sticking around as he does not fancy the job given the upcoming financial restrictions on the team.

The COVID-19 crisis will reduce funding for lower league teams significantly, as they rely on stadium revenue.

The club's captain Jack Buxton is taking the job for now. He will be player manager from next season.

The League One season is not likely to resume in the coming weeks, as they are likely to cancel this season and move on to the next one.

Chairman Ben Robinson told Burton's official website: "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.

"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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