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Ex-Wanderer Whitlow Appointed Burton Caretaker Boss

Now he was a good defender....

Jordan Mansfield

Former Bolton Wanderers defender Mike Whitlow has today been appointed as caretaker manager at Burton Albion, replacing outgoing manager Gary Rowett who has, for some reason, left to take over at crisis-hit Birmingham City.

Formerly of Leicester City, Whitlow played 180 games for the club, leaving for Bolton Wanderers in September 1997 for £500,000 fee.

At home at left back or in the centre of defence, Whitlow was part of the side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2001.

He was released at the end of the 2002-03 season and immediately signed for Sheffield United. In one season at Bramall Lane he made 24 appearances before moving on again to Notts County the following season as player-coach before retiring in 2007.

Whitlow is joined at Burton Albion by ex-Wanderers goalkeeping coach Fred Barber who nurtured Jussi Jaaskelainen, Ali Al-Habsi and Adam Bogdan through the ranks at Bolton.

Whitlow has already made it clear that he has no interest in taking the job on full-time and will go back to running Albion's academy once an appointment is made.

He said:

"I said I'll do it for the short-term,"

"It's not something I want to do for the long-term.

"I love working in development and that side of the game. I've got no desire to be full-time with the adults, but working with them is not an issue.

"I'm looking forward to it and putting my bit in. In the academy it's not about results, it's about developing youngsters and I love doing that."