Nigel Clough guided Burton Albion to safety in their inaugural Championship campaign, and the Brewers boss could potentially be subject to some very tempting offers over the summer as a result of his success.
Relegated Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull, along with Leeds and Norwich are all currently without bosses and with the pool of out-of-work managers hardly boasting an arsenal of appealing options, those clubs could well be scouring the Football League for someone with Championship pedigree.
Clough, whose father played for Sunderland and Middlesbrough, and managed Leeds, turned down Nottingham Forest in January, but he could feel that last season’s survival is the best he can achieve from very limited resources at The Pirelli.
The 51-year-old would be more suited to cash-strapped Sunderland and Hull, who will not need to break the bank to bring Clough up north.
Although he would have considerably more funds at his disposal than the mere £304k that was the sum reportedly spent on transfers at Burton over the 2016/17 season, he has proven he can work within constrained means.
He battled against a wave of monetary issues in his time at Derby County, which could make him a very attractive prospect to the two aforementioned clubs who are in financial peril.
Burton will be fighting off interest for likes of goal scoring midfielder Jackson Irvine, and if Clough isn’t given assurances over the future of, or indeed loses his key players, he may well see fit to join predecessors Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Gary Rowett in departing The Pirelli for a bigger club.