Date of birth
Nigel returned as Brewers manager almost seven years after ending his first spell at the club, after taking over the managerial reins at Championship side Derby County.
His move to the iPro Stadium brought to an end a ten-year association with Albion, going back to his appointment as player-manager in October 1998. After an illustrious playing career that started under his father Brian at Nottingham Forest in 1984, Nigel made over 300 appearances, scoring 101 times for the City Ground club. A £2.3m move to Liverpool in 1993 followed but injury blighted his stay at Anfield before a spell with Manchester City in 1996. A heel injury during his time at Maine Road eventually led Nigel to look into management as the next step in his career, following a fine playing career that also saw Nigel receive 14 full England caps.During his first spell with the Brewers, Nigel played over 300 times for the club and was pivotal both on and off the pitch as Albion stormed to the UniBond Northern Premier League title in 2002. Numerous records were set along the way, before establishing the club in the Conference, reaching the play-offs in 2007-08, and leaving the club on the verge of promotion to the Football League when departing for Derby County in January 2009.Three-and-a-half years with the Rams saw them stabilised and improved after their fall out of the Premier League in 2008, but a defeat to East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest proved to be his last game in charge. Sheffield United gave Nigel the chance to rebuild the Bramall Lane club after a disastrous start to the 2013-14 season. An FA Cup semi-final, a League Cup semi-final and seventh and fifth placed finishes in League One respectively followed. Defeat in the 2014-15 play-off semi-final against Swindon Town proved to be the end of Nigel’s time at Bramall Lane, before Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson invited him to re-join the Brewers following Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s move to QPR in December 2015. Taking over the team one point clear at the top of League One, Nigel continued the club’s upward momentum, with his long-awaited second Brewers promotion finally sealed on the last day of the 2015-16 season at Doncaster Rovers. The following season, Nigel kept Albion in the Championship with a game to spare in 2016-17, and last season got to within four minutes of achieving a third season in England’s second tier. Across his two spells with the club, Nigel has managed the club in over 700 matches.