Burton face tough start in the Championship, says Clough

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough

The Brewers begin their first ever campaign in the second tier against Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Burton Albion manager Nigel CloughClough admits his side will find it tough next season

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has urged his side to make an impression on the Championship this season, but has told the BBC they are likely to find it tough to adapt.

The coming campaign is Burton's first in the second tier of English football, starting with a trip to Nottingham Forest this weekend, before contests with Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County, giving the Brewers a tough start.

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

And Clough admits that his side will find it hard to cope with the demands of the Championship, telling BBC Radio Derby: "The teams we're playing in this spell puts the size of the challenge we're facing into perspective.

"You look through the fixtures and wonder where we're getting a point from sometimes, never mind a win."

Burton Albion Manager Nigel Clough

Many pundits have tipped the Brewers to go straight back down to League One this season, but Clough says the unpredictability of the division means they cannot be written off.

"It's important that we get off to good start [against Forest] on Saturday," he added. "It's impossible to predict, that's been the nature of the Championship over the last few seasons."

Burton Albion's Manager Nigel Clough steps off the team bus after arriving at the Stadium

Clough's side have been boosted by the news they are set to re-sign 18-year-old midfielder Hamza Choudhury on a season-long loan from Premier League champions Leicester City.

Choudhury played a key role in helping Albion win promotion to the Championship last season during a three-month loan at the Pirelli Stadium, and Clough is delighted to welcome the teenager back to the club.

"We've agreed a deal in principal but it's not signed. The bones are there. We hope it will be done by Saturday," he added.

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