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EFL Exclusive: Jake Buxton ready for debut season in management

“We will give everything we've got and we will make sure that we will leave everything out there.” - Jake Buxton, Burton Albion manager.

7 September 2020

Burton Albion boss Jake Buxton has had an unusual introduction to life as a manager.

He doesn’t have to pick up the pieces after a previous manager sacking, he isn’t going into the job blind not knowing what the club is all about, instead, he was given the job on the back of a recommendation from the departing manager, Nigel Clough.

After stepping down from the number one spot in May, Clough - alongside Brewers chairman Ben Robinson - set about appointing a new man for the job, and they didn’t have to look far.

Clough gave Buxton his blessing, someone he has known for a significant amount of his managerial career during his two spells at Burton and his four-year tenure at Derby County.

The defender might be in the hot seat at the Pirelli Stadium now, but he has nothing but praise for his departing mentor.

“I played under Nigel Clough for a large chunk of my career,” he said speaking exclusively to the EFL.

"I moved from here to Derby under him and I moved back here to play under him, so I can’t speak highly enough of him for the things he has done for me during my career. I will take his knowledge with me into my managerial career.

“The first couple of weeks after getting appointed I made sure that I kept in contact with him, because alongside the chairman of the football club he played a huge part in helping me get this job.

“He was there to listen to some of the thoughts that I had early on and give me some advice, but once you get into the swing of things you slowly become your own man which you obviously want to do, and whatever decisions I make now will always be in the best interest of the football club.”

Burton's League One campaign gets underway against last season’s Play-Off Semi-Finalists, Fleetwood Town, as Buxton and his side travel to Highbury next Saturday looking to start the season strongly. 

The Brewers are one of the outside contenders to achieve promotion to the Sky Bet Championship this season, and if last season’s underdog heroics from Wycombe Wanderers are anything to go by, anything can happen.

“There are a numerous amount of clubs that will have a lot bigger budgets than ourselves because of the size of the clubs, there are some big clubs out there,” Buxton added.

“You look at Charlton, Wigan and Sunderland who are in this league, Portsmouth as well, there are a lot of tough places for us to go this season, it won’t be easy. 

“We intend to compete though, no matter whether we are home or away, that is our aim. Wherever we are in the league table, we will give everything we've got and we will make sure that we will leave everything out there.”

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