NIGEL Clough has strengthened his backroom staff as he prepares for Burton Albion’s first-ever season in the Championship.
Joining the sports science and physiotherapy team are former Stevenage and Mansfield player Chris Beardsley and Matt Brown, who was with Clough during his first spell at Burton Albion.
Clough says: “Chris has come in on the sports science and fitness side. He’s a local lad and we are delighted that he has come on board and fitted straight in as well.
“He replaces Jack Sharkey (who has moved on to QPR) and will work alongside Nick Fenton. Matt Brown has returned as well and it’s great to have him back. He will be helping Nick in a supporting role. Once you move up another level, you need a few more people around. Players at this level expect a higher level of support and we will try and provide that within the constraints we have.
“For Nick to look after 20 odd players, especially on match days is too much, so this will make a big difference.”
Chris said: “I had been doing my coaching badges and the sports science and fitness side has always interested me. Last year playing, I suffered a bit with injuries so when I got the phone call to come here it was something I jumped at.
“Coming from Derby I have watched how successful the club has been over the last couple of years and it’s something that is now good to be part of.
“I had offers to carry on playing and to coach youth team players but I’m at my best working with pros and the opportunity to stay in the game at this level appealed to me.
“We will now try and keep the lads fit, out on the pitch and let the football do the talking.”