Former Wanderer To Take Charge of Burton Albion

  • October 28, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton defender Mike Whitlow has been named caretaker manager at Burton Albion, following Gary Rowett's move to Birmingham City.

Rowett's two-and-a-half year spell in charge at the Pirelli Stadium came to an end on Monday, after he agreed to succeed Lee Clark at St Andrew's - marking a return to the club he played for between 1998 and 2000. He will be joined by the coaching team of Kevin Summerfield, Mark Sale and ex-Bolton goalkeeper Kevin Poole.

Whitlow, who made 163 appearances for Wanderers between 1997 and 2003, is likely to be in charge for the weekend game against Plymouth Argyle. He will be assisted by Ian Sharpes and Lee Bell, who are both senior players at the club.

Having joined in a £500,000 transfer from Leicester City in September 1997, Whitlow became a regular at the Reebok Stadium and was part of the squad that won promotion to the Premier League in 2001.

He was released at the end of the 2002/03 campaign, prompting Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock into offering him a contract at Bramall Lane. Whitlow spent one season with the Blades, before seeing out his playing career with a spell at Notts County.

Since hanging up his boots in 2007, Whitlow has ventured into academy football. Having held roles at Derby County and Mansfield Town, he moved to Burton in 2010 and is expected to return to the position once a new first-team manager has been appointed.

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