Burton Albion have revealed that they are to part company with their manager following Tuesday night’s 4-3 defeat against Wigan Athletic.
Jake Buxton departs the Pirelli Stadium with Burton Albion bottom of the League One table with the Brewers winning just once in their last 19 games.
Goals coming from John-Joe O’Toole, John Brayford and Kane Hemmings were cancelled out by a stunning Kyle Joseph hat-trick along with a winner from Wigan’s Will Keane.
Burton Albion manager Jake Buxton is to leave the club after losing 4-3 at home to Wigan Athletic.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 29, 2020
“Burton Albion can confirm manager Jake Buxton is to leave the club,” a statement on the club’s Twitter account read.
“We would like to thank Jake for his hard work throughout his time at the club.”
Chairman Ben Robinson said: “I am extremely disappointed as everyone at the club was rooting for Jake and wanted him to succeed in his first opportunity as a manager. Sadly, it has not worked out.
“At the end of the day results matter and following the 5-1 defeat at Lincoln, after 20 games we have only won two matches and were getting deeper and deeper into relegation trouble. That was compounded by losing to Wigan, the team just above us and conceding four more goals.
“Therefore, I felt the time was right to get someone else in and see if they can change the team’s fortunes and give us a better opportunity to avoid relegation.
“Nobody could have worked harder than Jake. He has put in a lot of long hours and huge amount of effort and we are really sorry that hasn’t paid off in terms of results.
“What we can say is that the playing budget was very similar to last season as we wanted to give Jake every chance of succeeding with the team.”
📝 CLUB STATEMENT: Jake Buxton
The club would like to wish Jake all the very best for the future, and thank him again for his service to Burton Albion. Read the full statement on the club website.#BAFC
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) December 29, 2020
Buxton said: “We haven’t won enough games all season. I have been given a fair crack in terms of the length of time I have had but tonight was a game we needed to win.
“I have done everything in my power during my time in the job in what has been these difficult Covid times. I have been honoured to be associated with this football club for a long period of time, to have captained the team, to have played in front of the supporters and to have managed the club.
“I have an appetite to continue in management and I believe I will succeed but it’s a sad night tonight as nobody wanted it to end like this. Ultimately that’s football.”
Burton are without a victory since November 24 and are six points adrift from safety at the bottom of League One, they have won once in their last 19 matches.
Buxton, who enjoyed two spells for Burton as a defender during his playing career, was appointed as player-manager in May following the resignation of long-serving manager Nigel Clough, and guided the club to a 12th-placed finish in the third tier last season.
Fans gave their reaction as Burton Albion part company with manager Jake Buxton, see what they had to say below…
@Funkybrewer: Gutted for Jake, really wanted him to succeed.
@JackBAFC: fair enough. wanted it to work out, but has been clear to see that it isnt. all the best to jake, and now we have an opportunity to reset with the january window approaching.
@nickiman: Gutted for Jake, had high hopes it would work but it didn’t. Good luck for whatever the future holds Bucko
@MrEddieChaplin: shithoused by a 19 year old in his first professional season, who’s only ever scored 1 professional goal
@lunny_80: Can’t think of a previous appointment that hasn’t worked but this was one from the start that was always going to take the club backwards. Be good to be see a John Terry or other young manager who’s just retired getting a shot. Will get the respect from the players?
@NiallFairbroth1: Feel bad for Jake! Just didn’t work out and is the right decision!
@chrismoo96: Had to happen get jimmy floyd in
@bxker98: Gutted it hasn’t worked out for him but glad we are finally getting a change. Lets hope someone can come in and bring a change of form
@ollief3rn: clearly wasn’t set out to be a manager yet but took on the job FairPlay to him
@Davidbowering4: I’m sorry it didn’t work out for Bucko. 100% commitment and a top bloke but after that it was time to go. I hope who ever comes in can work with this group of players. In the current financial climate I don’t expect too many new faces.
@LYelland_90: Good news for everyone. Sorry it didn’t work out Bucko.
@daniel_louis_: Just seen Tony Pulis at BP petrol station opposite the stadium.
I’ll put myself forward for the job I have extensive football knowledge, over 500 hours on Football Manager + I guarantee I am superior to a coach like Steve Bruce (younger, fitter too)
— Dell 💦 12-3 (@agbnufc_) December 29, 2020
I agree he has not had the support he needed he was almost made a scapegoat – the cheap easy option when Clough left. I feel for him, but we cannot keep losing.
— Sarah Haywood (@Ilovebafc) December 29, 2020
— Bafc (@bafcfan8) December 29, 2020
Thanks for having a go Bucko but didn’t work out.
— Biking Brewer 🔺 (@DerekWainwright) December 29, 2020