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22 February 2024

Club News


22 February 2024

FORMER Brewers player Keith Gilroy has been appointed as Burton Albion Academy Manager.

'Gilly' played for the Brewers from 2005-11 after being signed by Nigel Clough and quickly became a fans' favourite with his exciting wing play.

After his playing days ended, he has pursued a coaching career spending eight years at Derby County’s Academy before re-joining Burton Albion in 2019 as Head of Academy Coaching.

Gilroy said: "I’m very proud to represent the club and Academy in this capacity and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.

“I came back here four and half years ago as Head of Coaching and then led the under 18s for the last 18 months and this is the next step. I know the club and the set up really well and we all know it’s not just about the football at Burton Albion it’s about working with the local community and building connections. It’s also important to support the staff and programme and to develop players to help the first team. That’s the ultimate goal while giving the players good experiences along the way such as life skills and education.

“The manager Martin Paterson has been a breath of fresh air since coming into the club. He’s a really positive guy and we have meetings every morning to discuss the training plan and whether youth team players are required and how they are doing. In any football club it only really works if there is alignment from the top down and already that relationship has developed quite organically and nicely.

“In these positions it is important to have a good relationship with the key stakeholders and I know the Chairman well personally and professionally and what he demands from us in a positive way as an Academy. He has supported me during the interim period and now he has given me the opportunity to develop things further.

“We pride ourselves in having a good coaching environment – it’s one of the things Burton Albion is all about. In the Academy our staff are amazing. They embrace every challenge, and they are in it for the right reasons – to help the players, the programme and the club.”

Brewers Chairman Ben Robinson said: “Keith has a long association with the club as both a player and coach and is a popular figure with the fans and the staff here at the Pirelli Stadium.

“He has made a great impact since coming into the Academy set up in 2019 and we now feel he is the perfect candidate to step up and take the Academy forward.

“Keith has a great gift for bringing on young players, understands the importance to the club of nurturing homegrown talent and has a passion for all things Burton Albion. We wish him every success in his new role.”

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