12:32 15 February 2012
Gary returned to the Pirelli Stadium as assistant manager, barely two years after a persistent knee injury forced him to retire from playing after 47 games with the Brewers. A highly regarded coach, Gary was unveiled alongside former manager Paul Peschisolido in May 2009 as part of a new look managerial team.
In a playing career that saw him transferred for a total of £7m, Gary made 396 senior appearances, mainly as a defender after starting his career as a midfielder with Cambridge United. A £200,000 move to Everton followed before a three year stay at Derby County. Further moves to Birmingham City, Leicester City and Charlton Athletic followed before his knee injury forced him to give up full time football.
Gary 'guested' for Albion in the official opening match for the Pirelli Stadium against Manchester United in November 2005 and Nigel Clough persuaded him to pull his boots on as a regular member of the squad shortly afterwards giving up a job with Derby's under 18 team to return to playing again.
Following the departure of Paul Peschisolido on 17th March Gary was asked to take over team affairs along with Kevin Poole in the short term.
Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett appointed former Tranmere Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle coach Kevin Summerfield as his new assistant manager in May 2012. Kevin, 53, becomes Gary’s first addition to the Club since being announced as the permanent Burton Albion manager last week.
Summerfield brings a wealth of experience to Burton Albion, having worked as assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, achieving promotion with all three clubs. Summerfield leaves Tranmere Rovers after spending two years with the League One outfit.
Summerfield’s playing career began at West Brom before moving on to Birmingham City, Walsall and Cardiff City. He went on to make 139 appearances for Plymouth Argyle before ending his playing career in 1996 at Shrewsbury Town after making 163 appearances for the Shropshire side.
Vastly experienced goalkeeper who retired from playing in May 2012 at the age of 48 but continues his goalkeeping coaching role with the Brewers.
Kevin began his career with Aston Villa as an apprentice in 1981 and also played for Northampton Town (loan), Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United (loan), Leicester City, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers and Derby County in a lengthy league career. Initially joined Albion just two days before the start of the 2006-07 season as short term cover. Kevin established himself as first choice during that first season with some excellent performances and deservedly won the Player Of The Year Award at the end of his first Albion campaign.
Continued to impress and was a key figure in Albion winning the Blue Square Premier title in 2008/09, amazingly, the first time in his career that he had picked up a League winners medal. Kevin is a hugely popular and well respected figure at the club.
James joined the Brewers as Head Physio in the summer of 2011, after a stint working with the Club as a physio for Active Total Health in the 2010-11 season. A graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, James has previously worked as a physio at the Doncaster Rovers Centre of Excellence and the Derby County Academy.
Ray 'Rocky' Hudson
Ray 'Rocky' Hudson is the Brewers' kit manager and has the responsibility of making sure that shirts are clean, boots are polished and dressing rooms are tidy. Born locally near Burton on Trent, Ray is another member of the backroom staff that provides an often un-noticed but invaluable service. In 2012 Rocky's service to the club was recognised at the Player's Awards Dinner when he received the 'Service & Support to Burton Albion Football Club' award.
Dan graduated from Southampton Solent with a degree in Sports Coaching (BSc). During his 2nd and 3rd year at university he worked with AFC Bournemouth as a part-time Performance Analyst.
Dan joined the Brewers backroom team in 2012 and provides video and statistical analysis to all players and staff of the first team.
Prior to games Dan analyses the opposition and gives a video presentation on the strengths and weaknesses of our next opposition. During matches Dan codes key events that Gary and Kevin can watch at half time and full time (if they wish to). After matches Dan gives another presentation on key aspects highlighted by Gary of the team's previous performance, as well as giving player specific video and statistical analysis directly to them.
Sport Scientist Jack joined the Brewers at the start of the 2012/13 season and uses the application of science to maximise the athletic performance of the players. Jack graduated with a 1st Honours Degree in Sports Science from Bangor University, before going to Loughborough University to complete a Masters in Exercise Physiology. During this time he was an intern at the Nike Football Academy.
Roles include delivering SAQ and fitness sessions, physiological testing, monitoring training loads, along with hydration and nutritional advice. Also a qualified personal trainer Jack devices and delivers individual Strength and Conditioning programmes to the players.