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This key figure deserves serious plaudits for his work at Burton Albion

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Burton currently sit in the relegation spots but they have a real chance of staying up thanks to Clough.

Based on the budget available to them and the players they are able to attract, Burton have no right being in the Championship.

This is testament to Clough and what he has been able to achieve in his brief second spell at the club.

He joined the club halfway through the 2015/16 season, but managed to steer them to second place which granted them automatic promotion.

Since then, he has been working miracles by keeping them in the Championship.

Looking at his transfer dealings provides a clear indication of his methods. Young loanee talents from Premier League sides such as Jacob Davenport and Martin Samuelsen have been mixed with players wanting to prove themselves from lower divisions such as Jamie Allen and Matthew Lund and experienced veterans such as Darren Bent and Jake Buxton.

The main issue is getting the right balance between experience and youthful drive while also maintaining team chemistry with such a large amount of transfer activity in and out of the club.

However, this doesn’t appear to be an issue for his Clough as his team are hard to break down and are clinical in front of goal.

His time at the club has seen impressive victories over Derby County, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday.

This shows just how much he has achieved at the club because those have wins have come in the last 18 months and each of those teams should be comfortably beating them.

Clough’s work isn’t done, though, because the team need to secure safety.

They play Hull City and Bolton at home as well Birmingham City and Sunderland away.

This means that safety is in their own hands because victories in these games would put them in a great position and allow them to pull away from their relegation rivals.

Although they would probably need to accumulate some points from the other games to ensure survival.

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