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Mansfield Town appoint Nigel Clough as manager

Posted onPosted on 6th Nov

Mansfield Town have appointed former Derby County and Burton Albion boss and England international Nigel Clough as manager.

He has signed a contract at One Call Stadium until June 2023, and is joined by assistant manager Gary Crosby and Simon Clough as head of recruitment.

Stags Chairman John Radford and co-chairwoman Carolyn Radford said: “Nigel has an outstanding pedigree in football and a proven track record of significantly improving the teams he has managed.

“He brings 20 years’ managerial experience to the club and can provide the stability and leadership which we require at One Call Stadium.

“Our chief executive, David Sharpe, led the process of selecting our next manager and we, along with the board of directors, unanimously approved when Nigel was recommended.

“We consider Nigel’s appointment to be a real coup for Mansfield Town and he will have our full and unwavering support.”

As a player, Clough made more than 300 league appearances for Nottingham Forest, becoming the second highest scorer in Forest’s history, before moving to Liverpool in 1993.

He also spent time with Manchester City and Burton Albion as a player, in a career that saw him make 14 caps for England.

His managerial career started with non-league Burton Albion in 1998, and after steady progress in each of his first three seasons, the Brewers were crowned champions of the Northern Premier League in his fourth term at the helm.

Burton were on course to earn promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history in the 2008/09 season when Clough led them to the top of the Conference table, which included a run of 11 straight victories along the way.

He moved to Championship outfit Derby County in 2009, leaving a table-topping Burton side who would eventually go on to secure their Football League status in that season.

Derby had fears of relegation before Clough took charge, but the now 54-year-old improved the club’s form and finished 14th in his first full term, four places higher than the previous campaign.

In 2011/12, he led the Rams to their best start to a season in 106 years, as they began their campaign with four victories from four.

He joined Sheffield United in 2013 and, despite the Blades sitting in the relegation zone when he took charge, they ended the campaign seventh in League One.

Sheffield United also became the first third-tier side to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup since 2001, a run which included victories over Premier League outfits Aston Villa and Fulham. This success led to Clough being named as the FA Cup Manager of the Year.

Clough returned to Burton Albion in 2015, guiding the Brewers to the Championship for the first time in their history.