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Burton Albion announce new owners

Long-serving Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson has sold his majority stake in the club to Swedish-based Nordic Football Group.

Burton have also appointed his daughter Fleur Robinson as their new chief executive, following three years in the same role at newly-promoted fellow League One club Wrexham.

Robinson's son, Ben Robinson Jr, will remain "an integral part of the club’s operations".

Ole Jakob Strandhagen will become Burton's chairman, while NFG’s founder Tom Davidson, sporting director Bendik Hareide and commercial director Kevin Skabo also join the new board.

Robinson's time in charge, totalling almost 40 years over two spells as chairman, has brought a new home at the Pirelli Stadium, in 2005, followed by promotion to the English Football League in 2009, with a team built by Nigel Clough.

Clough left in the January of the season they went up to join his father Brian's old club Derby County, but returned to the Pirelli to guide the Brewers into the Championship in 2016.

The Brewers returned to League One in 2018, but have since finished 9th, 12th, 16th, 16th, 15th and 20th last season, when they lost on the final day but stayed up as Cheltenham Town also lost.

They parted company with manager Martin Paterson last week, as well as coaches Gary Mills and John Dreyer.

Having appointed a new sporting director in Molde Under-19s coach Hareide, the son of former Manchester City, Norwich City and Denmark midfielder Age Hareide, they will now be expected to name a new head coach.

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