Nigel Clough

After a playing career that took in Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City, Nigel Clough moved into the non-league as player-manager of Burton Albion. He led the club from the seventh tier of the English game to the brink of promotion to League Two, before leaving to follow in the footsteps of his famous father Brian and take over as manager of Championship club Derby County.
He subsequently served as manager of Sheffield United, where he was voted LMA FA Cup Manager of the Year in 2014, for United’s run to the semis. He returned to Burton Albion in December 2015, leading the club to promotion to the Championship.

Sessions by Nigel Clough

Switching play

in Attacking

This session is about maximising space so as to be able to switch the ball quickly in creating positive attacking options. And at the heart of this is helping players recognise when to play forward and when to switch play. It’s important to practise this because moving the ball quickly with both short and long passes gives us the chance to create 1v1 situations or overloads, which are key situations for exploiting the opposition. Keeping possession under pressure and knowing when to switch is a major part of our style of play. For that reason, we’ll work on this type of session frequently. MORE

Attacking & defending

in Attacking, Defending

This session focuses on the techniques of attacking and defending in and around the penalty area, giving players the opportunity to rehearse not only counter-attacking situations, but to attack and defend crosses from deep and from the by-line. It is a high intensity session that involves plenty of running and lots of accelerations and decelerations. MORE


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