Nigel Clough to be appointed manager of Mansfield Town

Nigel Clough to be appointed manager of League Two side Mansfield Town this weekend despite being linked with a return to former club Derby

  • Nigel Clough is set to be appointed as the new manager of Mansfield Town 
  • The League Two club sacked Graham Coughlan in October after their poor start 
  • Clough left Burton in May as a result of the financial impact of coronavirus
  • He had been linked with a return to Derby who he managed from 2009-2013

Nigel Clough is to be appointed as the new manager of Mansfield Town.

The 54-year old has agreed a three year contract and will be confirmed this weekend after. The Stags sacked Graham Coughlan at the end of October after their winless start to the season and they currently sit 22nd in the League Two table.

Clough stepped down as manager of Burton Albion in May as the financial impact of the Covid pandemic hit the club.

Nigel Clough is set to be appointed the new manager of Mansfield Town this weekend

The Stags are currently 22nd in League Two after they sacked Graham Coughlan last month

He has also been linked with a return to Derby County, who he managed between 2009 and 2013. The Rams are currently second from bottom in the Championship with manager Phillip Cocu under pressure.

Clough, son of former Derby and Nottingham Forest manager Brian, began his managerial career with Burton in 1998 after a successful playing career which included spells with Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City. 

After guiding Burton to top of the Conference Premier, Clough left Burton for Derby in 2009 – following in the footsteps of his father who won the First Division league title in 1972.

Clough had been linked with a return to Derby after managing the club from 2009-2013

Clough was unable to take Derby into the Championship play-offs during his four years at Pride Park and he was sacked in 2013 after a poor run of results.

He was appointed manager of Sheffield United later that year but failed to get the club promoted from League One, although he did reach the semi-final of the 2014 FA Cup, where his side were beaten 5-3 by Hull City.

Clough re-joined Burton in December 2015 and guided the club to their first ever promotion to the Championship. He kept the club in the second tier for two seasons before they were relegated in May 2018.

The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic saw him step down as manager in May and Mansfield will be his first role since. 




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