NIGEL Clough says that Burton Albion's announcement this week of a record profit last season shows that you can run a football club sensibly as a business.
He said: “It just goes to prove that a club can be run properly and survive. We are given a budget at the start of the season and we stick to that. That’s what happened at the start of last season and we have always worked the same way. Cup bonuses and things like that we will then talk about and spend wisely.”
Clough worked with the tightest playing budget in the Championship but still managed to keep the Brewers up last season. He doesn’t believe the club could have done any better even if he had spent a few hundred thousand pounds more.
He said: “Spending a little bit more would not have made a difference to our league position. Spending millions more can make a difference but we couldn’t get any better for the money than the squad we got last season and we feel the same for this season as well.”
The manager says that some of the profit made last season has already been invested in his current squad.
“We have invested some of that money already in Liam Boyce, who is unfortunately side lined with injury, and Jamie Allen. It’s an ongoing process of trying to improve.”