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McFarland wants to stay at Burton

Roy McFarland
McFarland's men lost their last three league games

Burton Albion caretaker manager Roy McFarland has said he would be happy to help out the club in any post if he is needed next season.

The Brewers finished as Blue Square Premier champions despite a 2-1 defeat at Torquay on Sunday.

McFarland, 61, told BBC Radio Derby: "I would gladly, in whatever role, like to help and try and get this team solid.

"Get a lot of those players signed on that we need and try and bring in one or two more if I can to help."

McFarland took over from Nigel Clough in January with the Brewers 13 points clear at the top but they could have finished second on the final day if Cambridge had beaten Altrincham by four goals.

And the former Derby boss admitted the side had not managed to reach his personal goal of 91 points for the season.

He said: "It's been a nerve-wracking time for us and maybe at times nerves have got to us.

"It's been a tough month for us but the players have been resilient - we haven't laid down and died.

"We've dealt with what we've had to deal with and we've dealt with it I think admirably."

The Brewers managed to finish two points clear of second-placed Cambridge, despite losing their last three league matches.

McFarland added: "Nigel Clough's done a fantastic job over 10 years - I've come in at a difficult time to try and get promotion with 14 points.

"We've done it the hard way but that's what football is like."

Chairman Ben Robinson said he will be speaking to McFarland this week to talk about his future with Burton.

He said: "It would have been a difficult act to follow for any manager to come in and pick up where Nigel left off, so well done to Roy he got us over the finishing line and we really appreciate that."

A civic reception is planned for the team on Saturday.



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