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10 August 2023

Club News


10 August 2023

BURTON Albion Academy Manager Dan Robinson is leaving the club to join Peterborough United.

Dan, who started out as a goalkeeper with the Brewers before returning to take up his current role in September 2016 after coaching in New Zealand, will join the Posh as their Academy Manager next month.

Dan said: “I did a 12-year sabbatical in New Zealand but apart from that I have been with Burton Albion since I was 19 and never wanted to leave unless it was for a job that excited me as much as working here but which would also help me move forward in my career.

“This is an opportunity I can’t turn down. It’s a category two Academy, with 28 full-time staff and it’s a great next step up for me.

“It has been a wonderful seven years here at Burton Albion Academy and when I reflect on it I’m very proud of what we have done and not just me but as a team – the staff I have worked with, the players, the managers.

“We have had a lot of challenges, like being in the Championship and Covid and having to work remotely, and some incredible highlights – such as seeing Teddy Sharman-Lowe going to Chelsea.

“It was great to see all the staff progress such as Sam Rose going to Aston Villa, Hannah Dingley to Forest Green and John Clarke winning the EFL Employee of the Year Award for his role with the Academy. I also worked out that we have had more than 400 Academy appearances in the first team over the seven years including Matty Palmer, Marcus Harness, Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra and Ciaran Gilligan. We have also generated a lot of funds for the club as players have moved on.

“For an Academy that has only been running 11 years and that had five full-time staff when I started that is a great achievement. Now we have 13 full-time staff and 45 including part-time and volunteers so the growth since 2016 has been amazing.

“To get the agreement in place for all our Academy teams to train and play at St George’s Park has also been one of my proudest achievements.

 “Overall, it has been a really big team effort to get it to where it is now, and everyone involved has played a massive part and it has been a pleasure to work with so many great people. I would like to thank the Chairman for all his brilliant support over the years as well."

Dan has also been supporting Dino Maamria in the first-team backroom staff over the last year.

He said: “Being able to work with Dino and the first team and play a big role on match days has been an unbelievable experience and opportunity and hopefully I have added value to what we achieved last season.

“I leave with a real sense of pride and joy from everything I have been involved in and we have achieved. Burton Albion is in my blood, and I went away to New Zealand and came back so it pulls on the heartstrings to leave but I feel that this is a great opportunity so there are exciting times ahead."

 Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “We want to thank Dan for his commitment and all he has achieved for the club during his time as Academy Manager. We have seen some remarkable progress under his leadership and he leaves with our very best wishes

“Our attention now turns to finding a new Academy Manager who will be able to build on Dan’s achievements and continue taking the Academy ever onwards and upwards.”

Brewers manager Dino Maamria said: "Dan has been an integral part of youth development for the last seven years and on a personal note he has done brilliantly bridging the gap between the youth team and first team which is a key role. We will look to continue that development in the next chapter of player development. We thank Dan for all his efforts."

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