Who will be the next Burton Albion manager?

After suffering six consecutive league defeats Burton Albion have decided to sack their manager Paul Peschisolido with Gary Rowett and Kevin Poole taking temporary charge.

Burton are currently 17th in League 2

Both of these are in the running for the full time managerial position and they have the chance to stake a claim for the job when Burton face Northampton in what could be crucial game come the end of the season with both teams struggling at the wrong end of the table. Although relegation from this position was unlikely the team had been on an alarming slide and will have been dragged into a relegation dogfight if things had continued the way they were. The Brewers haven’t won for 14 games and whoever takes over needs to get results and rebuild the teams’ confidence. They clearly have goals in their side with their top three scorers all level in the goal scoring charts. With Justin Richards, Calvin Zola and Billy Kee all hitting 12 goals so far this season in all competitions which is quite impressive, however it does also show where there problems lie. They need someone to come in and get the defence organised then the team have a very good chance of challenging for the playoffs at least next season.

Let’s look at the options, Mark Robins is currently the favourite for the job and he in my opinion would be a very good candidate as he has managed at this level before with Rotherham and at a higher level with Barnsley. He also already knows about the club and what it means to the fans as he finished his playing career with a spell at the club and although he only played nine games, he will surely have some inside knowledge of the club. He has done a good job wherever he has been and has a decent win percentage of 38.18% which you have to remember is quite high for a manager that was basically only expected to avoid relegation when he was at Barnsley. If he would come, then I think they should take him, however, he did leave his last job because of differences with the board and it shows that if things aren’t quite going his way he will walk away from a job.

Paul Buckle is another manager who has done well at this level before and he may be able to take the club to the next level and get them challenging for promotion rather than being stuck in the lower half of the table. He guided former club Torquay United to the Football League and then just missed out on promotion again when his side were beaten in the final of the playoffs by Stevenage. After this he decided to join Bristol Rovers who were expecting to get promoted straight back to League 1 however after the team only win six of their opening 23 games, the fans started to turn on him and the club sacked him leaving him unemployed. He could be a good fit for Burton as they would be underdogs and he performs better when his team are the underdogs, so it could work out well.

The last name I am going to put out there is, Martin Allen, because he has recently become available and he does a pretty decent job everywhere he goes and was possibly a little harshly sacked at Notts County (although they have pushed on further without him). He is a very good manager and if he was willing to drop into League 2 again then he will do a good job however he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and this may make the fans not take to him that quickly. But he will win football matches and that will make him very popular.

The board have a difficult decision to make but there are currently quite a few good managers available, it will all just depend on how ambitious they want to be and whether they can attract them to the club. It didn’t quite work out well for Peschisolido but he had good words to say about the club and this is always a positive as other managers will look at that and think it must be a good place to work.

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2 thoughts on “Who will be the next Burton Albion manager?

  1. I think in Ben Robinson, the club has a chairman who will make the best decision based on loyalty, longevity, hunger and most importantly ambition.

    In Cloughie and Pesch the Brewers have had two very good young managers who have both brought the club on leaps and bounds. I’m disappointed things didn’t work out for Peschisolido, because we made a fly start to the season as you’ve pointed out. We had three strikers in hot form and thats where things started to turn unfortunately. Billy Kee’s injury meant we were left with two strikers that were guaranteed starts and so the hunger wasn’t there for a starting position, this followed up by more bad injuries showed a lack of depth in the squad and an inability to play different formations to combat these problems and still get results.

    I believe whoever comes in needs to make us solid at the back as we have simply let in far too many goals. You only need to look at Barnet away – 6:3 closely followed by 3 of the next four games that we won by a margin of 3:2. Some bad injuries after, the goals dried up and we were left to say how poor our back line is. Corbett for me as nothing more than a very athletic, non-league player and as much as I like webster i’m still a bit sceptical as to whether he is good enough for this level, stanno is far too injury prone and we havent got a settled centre back pairing in my eyes. Correct this and I am certain we will be challenging at the right end of the table next season.

    As for who the next manager will be,

    I think money issues between Robins and Barnsley shows a weakness that I don’t think Burton want or need.

    Buckle did fantastically well at Torquay, a very combative side that was hard to break down and I think he got a rough time at Bristol Rovers, a friend of mine is a Rovers fan and he felt that some players down there believed they were too good for league two and thats when problems started to appear, i dont think we’d have those sorts of issues with our squad plus Billy Kee was signed by Buckle for Torquay so he knows how to find good players!!

    Martin Allen, i’m a massive fan of. The guy has some crazy methods but always liked the football his teams play.

    Maybe someone like Paul Ince could be a long shot… he did manage Macclesfield and did very well at this level. It would be a massive outside chance of attracting someone who has managed in the Premiership, but hes looking to rebuild his career and has great contacts in the game which could be utilised to sort out the squad.

    Lee Clark is another man without a job… personally he would be my choice but I doubt we would be able to attract him to league 2.

    I think we have a lot to offer in terms of a great stadium, being able to train at facilities such as st george’s park and a team that with a little bit of adjustment could challenge next year,

    fingers crossed!!

  2. Yes I agree with your comment, and really like Burton, it seems like you are a family club and most of the fans seem really friendly so I wish you luck for the rest of the season. On Paul Ince, I didn’t even think about him if I’m honest but yes he might be a good shout as he also won the league with MK Dons. Lee Clark I think is a little ambitious but if you don’t ask then you will never know. Hopefully you will pick the right man and challenge for promotion next season

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