Mansfield Town Appoint Nigel Clough: Can the new boss bring a period of stability and success?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 November 2020, 12:43

Nigel Clough has returned to management after he signed a three-year deal to become the new boss of Mansfield Town.

The Stags sacked Graham Coughlan last week following a poor winless run dating back to March.

Richard Cooper took over on an interim basis and recorded back-to-back draws against Walsall and Bolton - conceding a last-gasp equaliser in the latter.

Trigger-happy Mansfield have endured a torrid time of late when it comes to managers - Clough is the club’s fifth permanent boss in less than three years - but it’s hoped that their ability to lure over a boss of Clough’s stature can lead to a new period of stability and success at New Meadow.

Chairman John Radford and co-chairwoman Carolyn Radford said in a statement: “Nigel has an outstanding pedigree in football and a proven track record of significantly improving the teams he has managed.

“He brings 20 years’ managerial experience to the club and can provide the stability and leadership which we require at One Call Stadium.

“Our chief executive, David Sharpe, led the process of selecting our next manager and we, along with the board of directors, unanimously approved when Nigel was recommended.

“We consider Nigel’s appointment to be a real coup for Mansfield Town and he will have our full and unwavering support.”

Clough’s name will always be cemented to the history of Burton Albion, with whom he ventured into management with back in 1998. Clough led the Brewers to the Northern Premier League title, then to the summit of the Conference Premier before jumping into the Championship with Derby in 2009 - who is father Brian also managed. 

After four years at the helm of the Rams he became the new manager of Sheffield United. He took to Blades to an FA Cup semi-final but was unable to win promotion.

In 2015 he returned to Burton and led the club to a historic promotion to the Championship. Against-the-odds he preserved their second-tier status, but then suffered relegation in 2018. 

Then, due to the financial impact of coronavirus, in May he decided to step down from his position in order to help others at the club keep hold of their jobs.

Clough will now manage in League Two for the first time, at the helm of a club who have not been shy in splashing the cash in a bid to return to the third-tier for the first time since 2003.

Mansfield are 10/1 to win promotion this season and 66/1 to win the league. However, the immediate focus is ending an eight-month search for a win, and in turn steer the Stags clear of the relegation zone.

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