Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson demands improvement

Ben Robinson

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson has told new Brewers boss Gary Rowett that he must deliver at least a mid-table finish in League Two next season.

Rowett was appointed on Thursday after a 10-match spell as caretaker manager.

Robinson said things must improve after two seasons of relegation struggle.

"We have a sensible budget but it is by no means at the bottom end for League Two. On that basis we deserve to be safe, and hopefully challenging for the play-offs," he told BBC Radio Derby.

"Gary has to ensure that next season we don't experience what we have experienced in the last two seasons.

"Next season we need to be in mid-table and not in a relegation battle."

Albion finished 17th this term but a run of six consecutive defeats in a 14-game winless streak saw Burton flirting with the relegation zone and prompted Robinson to sack Paul Peschisolido in March.

"It's been a difficult last two seasons. This season we had the worst set of results in the 40-year history of the club," Robinson added.

"When Paul was appointed [in 2009] we thought it was an exciting gamble but unfortunately it was a gamble that didn't work.

"It's a sad day when a manager leaves but one has to move on and always look at the best interests of the club."

Robinson said 38-year-old Rowett, who takes over on a non-contract basis, has earned his promotion.

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He only won three of his 10 games in charge, but steered the Brewers away from the drop zone at a time when confidence was at rock bottom.

"Gary had some good results which ensured that we were playing in the Football League next season," Robinson added.

"He deserves an opportunity to see if he can step up to be the number one."