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PATERSON LOOKS FORWARD TO FIRST HOME GAME AS BURTON ALBION MANAGER

18 January 2024

Club News

PATERSON LOOKS FORWARD TO FIRST HOME GAME AS BURTON ALBION MANAGER

18 January 2024

BREWERS manager Martin Paterson says it has been a busy week as he juggles working with the squad with activity in the transfer window.

After a week in the job he’s now looking forward to his first home game in the dug-out as Albion welcome Charlton to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

He said: “It’s been very busy as we are in a window, not just the football side with the players and technical staff but speaking to agents and all those things and when you are a club like ours everyone has to muck in with those things. It has been busy but I have been careful to balance off what the most important things are, which is the detail on the grass with the players.

“I’m working really hard to get some additions in and there might be some leaving but, ultimately, it’s all designed to make Burton Albion better which is my responsibility. But nothing changes the short-term objective which is to improve and get results and we have had another couple of positive days on the grass this week.

“I’m actively trying to bring players in who can help us but it has to be the right ones. We have to do things the right way and look after the football club and when I did present at my interview I said I was big on characters and people fitting in. I know what kind of person Burton Albion should be acquiring.”

Paterson has also had time now to get to know his players better and work with them in training.

He said: “I think it’s about what you can affect in the short term and what can improve us quickly and not worrying too much about what they can’t do as a group. I’m looking at what they can do and I’m quite positive moving forward.”

And his thoughts on Charlton Athletic?

He said: “They are a big club and when I was growing up they were in the Premier League and with that comes high expectations but my focus has been on Burton Albion and I have made it clear to the players that each week that will be my priority. I respect and I’m aware of the opposition and we do due diligence but the focus is on getting our lads ready to play. They have quality players and they have spent money in this window as well but I’m looking at our players.

“I want to give them processes and strategies to get up the league. It’s not just as simple as saying go and win four games, it’s about bite-sizing day in and day out and getting better and better in all facets at the football club. On that journey you do bite-size bits right and before you know it you can be in a positive space. It’s small steps that matter along the way.”

Paterson gave an update on the club’s injured players.

He said: “Sam Hughes will be monitored this week, but his injury (calf) is getting a lot better, so positive signs there. Tom Hamer is a couple of weeks away give or take so we are getting bodies back.”

Bobby Kamwa has hamstring issues with Paterson waiting to see how he improves.


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