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McFarland to take over at Burton

Roy McFarland
McFarland will be hoping to guide Burton to promotion

Blue Square Premier leaders Burton Albion have appointed ex-Derby manager Roy McFarland as boss on a caretaker basis until the end of the season.

The 60-year-old takes over from Nigel Clough, who moved to Derby on Tuesday after 10 years at the non-league club to replace Paul Jewell.

McFarland told BBC Radio Derby: "Nigel has left a legacy.

"We've still got half of the season to go but what they've done so far is fantastic and we want to continue it."

He added: "Now this has happened [Clough's departure] I need to move forward, Burton Albion need to move forward and we'll do that in time."

Burton chairman Ben Robinson said: "It was important to get a quick replacement and somebody who is well-respected and well-liked in the game with managerial experience.

"I'm sure with Roy we can carry on where we left off hopefully."

McFarland previously had spells in charge of Chesterfield, Torquay, the Rams, Bolton and Cambridge.

Burton are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Blue Square Premier.

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