Burton Albion will undertake their inaugural Football League with rookie management duo Paul Peschisolido and Gary Rowett as their new management team.
There had been much speculation of the last few weeks as to who the Brewers would announce as their next permanent manager, but the announcement came as a surprise to everyone.
In some ways it looks as though it could be another inspired decision by chairman Ben Robinson who took a similar gamble 10 years ago with the appointment of Nigel Clough and Gary Crosby.
Thirty-seven-year old Peschisolido had recently been number two to Jeff Kenna at League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic and looks to use his vast playing experiences to good use in his new role.
Rowett makes a quick return to the Pirelli Stadium after finishing his playing career with Burton in 2007 after having to quit with a knee injury.
Peschisolido was recommended to Robinson by both Barry Fry and former Albion boss Neil Warnock, after playing under both of them in a career that saw him represent his native Canada 48 times, as well as spells with a host of midland clubs including Derby, Birmingham, West Brom and Stoke.
Peschisolido mentioned both of those managers himself at his first press conference.
He said: “Both mentioned Burton would be an ideal club to get started with. The chairman is supportive and it’s a lovely little stadium and a fantastic club to be involved with.”
Peschisolido recognises that Burton is something of a rarity in football – a club that is well run financially, and he is looking to consolidate in the club’s first ever season in the Football League.
He admitted: “The aim to be reasonable is to stay up. They’ve taken a long time to get here so I think we look a staying up as the first priority.
“But we’ve also seen some teams promoted from the conference who go onto the play-offs and get promoted again based on the success of the previous season”.
Both players are qualified coaches and they hit the floor running on Monday, meeting with the players who are all bar two out of contract.
One of the first steps will be for the club to turn full time which will mean some discussions with players who have some day time commitments like Greg Pearson, who although contracted is at university and veteran goalkeeper Kevin Poole who has a full-time job coaching at Birmingham City’s academy.