First Team Staff
Date of birth
Nigel returned as Brewers manager almost seven years after ending his first spell at the club to take 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 after 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 setting numerous records along the way before establishing the club in the Conference reaching the play-offs in 2007-08 and leaving the club on the cusp of promotion to the Football League when departing for Derby County in January 2009.
Three and a half years with the Rams saw them stablilised and improved after their fall out of the Premier League in 2008 but a defeat to East Midlands rivals 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 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 with Burton chairman Ben Robinson inviting him to rejoin 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 last season at Doncaster Rovers. Across his two spells with the club Nigel has managed the club in over 600 matches.