Burton manager Nigel Clough dismisses Usain Bolt trial

Burton manager Nigel Clough has dismissed claims by chairman Ben Robinson that the club would be interested in offering Usain Bolt a trial

Burton manager Nigel Clough has dismissed suggestions by chairman Ben Robinson that the club are ready to offer Usain Bolt a trial.

Robinson had suggested that Burton would be interested in giving the eight-time Olympic gold medallist an opportunity now that he has retired from athletics.

But speaking after the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Sky bet Championship, Clough told Sky Sports News: "I didn't know he [the chairman] picked the players, he'll have to come down and spend ten minutes in the technical area and see how he goes.

Clough added: "Would that be a loan or permanent? I'm not quite sure. He would certainly add some pace. As long as he doesn't want much money I'm sure we will be OK."

Usain Bolt bids farewell to fans after his final major athletics championship
Image: Suggestions that Usain Bolt could be given a trial with Burton have been dismissed by Nigel Clough

Earlier Robinson told SunSport: "I'm sure we would (offer a trial) and that the manager would. He's quick, if nothing else.

"He's done great for sport athletics and if you look at Adam Gemili who was in the 4x100m relay he played football when he was younger. We would be very interested, obviously.

"He's done a tremendous amount for his sport. If he can apply the same amount of enthusiasm and dedication to soccer then who knows what might lie ahead."

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Bolt is a life-long Manchester United fan and it is reported he has agreed to play for the club in a charity match against Barcelona at Old Trafford on September 2. But after pulling a hamstring in his final race at the World Championships in London last week he may not be fit to take part.

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