Clough urges Burton to enjoy life in the Championship

Nigel Clough

Burton are looking forward to their first ever season in the second tier of English football.

Calum Butcher of Burton Albion (L) and Liam Kelly of Oldham Athletic in actionCalum Butcher of Burton Albion (L) and Liam Kelly of Oldham Athletic in action

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has told the Burton Mail that his side are determined to enjoy their first ever season in English football's second tier.

The achievement is extra special for Clough, who is currently in the middle of his second spell in Staffordshire, having left just before Burton secured Football League status in 2009.

Burton Albion's Manager Nigel Clough steps off the team bus after arriving at the StadiumBurton Albion's Manager Nigel Clough is relishing his side's first appearance in the Championship

A meteoric rise has since culminated in Albion securing promotion to the Championship last year, an achievement Clough has put down to the hard work behind the scenes at the Pirelli Stadium.

With the likes of former Premier League giants Aston Villa and Newcastle United awaiting the Brewers next season, there is understandably plenty of excitement surrounding the club, with Clough under no doubt that his side will relish the test that comes with playing at a higher level.

Burton's Damien McCrory goes down injured as manager Nigel Clough looks onBurton's Damien McCrory goes down injured as manager Nigel Clough looks on

He said: "(I'm) unbelievably proud – it's about the whole club, the whole picture. Obviously the team is a big part of that but to get to the Championship is absolutely incredible. We're going to enjoy it for as long as we can. There's a lot of things that go on at a football club that people don't see.

"The team is the public face – the one that everybody sees. It's only right and proper that everyone behind the scenes enjoys themselves."

Doncaster Rovers Manager Darren Ferguson (L) and Burton Albion's Manager Nigel CloughDoncaster Rovers Manager Darren Ferguson (L) and Burton Albion's Manager Nigel Clough

Preparations for the new season have already begun, with Burton's retained list revealing the departures of Robbie Weir and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, although no incoming signings have yet been made.

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