Burton Albion have announced via club media channels that manager Dino Maamria has been relieved of his duties as the first team manager.
The decision comes after a dismal run which has seen the Brewers pick up just one point in their last six league matches. Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Stevenage was the final straw for Maamria after yet another lacklustre performance.
That result means Burton now sit in 19th place in League One, but fortunately for them, only one of the five teams below them won over the weekend. However the last few weeks have been filled with very little positivity at the Pirelli Stadium and whoever fills the seat next certainly has a task on their hands.
Maamria took charge in September 2022 and managed to steer the Brewers to 15th place following a poor start to the season. It was expected that the club would progress on that this season, especially with the financial backing in the summer transfer window, however that has been far from the case.
Although Burton’s last three league games have been against third place Stevenage, fourth place Peterborough and top of the table Portsmouth the decision was made to remove the Tunisian with the club winless in the league since beating Bristol Rovers 4-1 on the 21st of October.
That win against Bristol Rovers marked a six match unbeaten run in the league, a run which seems like a long time ago now. Brewers fans will be hoping that whoever is next through the doors of the Pirelli can spark something in what has been a lifeless side in recent weeks.
Now just four points above the relegation zone, with four of the five clubs below having a game in hand, Chairman Ben Robinson decided that now was the time for change to try to avoid falling into the relegation scrap.
It is not yet known who the leading candidates for the job are, nor who the potential interim manager will be, but whoever it is, will need to hit the ground running.
Given the winless run it may not come as a surprise to see Maamria sacked, however it does seem somewhat harsh given Burton have played three of the top four sides in recent weeks. Having also won in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy during the week it could be seen as somewhat of a bizarre decision.
However change is needed, especially with the club slowly slipping down the League One table and this might be the perfect time to try something new before a congested December fixture schedule.