EX-LATICS boss Dino Maamria believes he is the right man to try and help Burton Albion out of a sticky spot at the bottom of the League One table.

Maamria is back in football as assistant to returning Brewers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The pair replace Jake Buxton tasked with lifting the Pirelli Stadium club away from danger in the third tier, something Maamria believes he is more than equipped to do after his work with Oldham, Stevenage and in non-league with Nuneaton, Southport and Northwich Victoria.

The 46-year-old Tunisian has spoken of his pride at the work he did at Boundary Park, leaving in the summer to be replaced by Harry Kewell after just under a season in charge.

Of his new role, Maamria said: “It’s a good match in a good football club.

“I’m proven in terms of getting teams out of this kind of situation as I have shown in my last five jobs.

“Jimmy knows the football club and works well with the chairman.

“I will be working with the players day to day, motivating them and using that knowhow of getting the club out of this position we are in with Jimmy overseeing everything and I think it will make for a great partnership.

“We are lucky to have a fantastic chairman who leads the club with integrity, and we are looking forwarding to getting on with the job.”

Maamria, who cited a lack of control over summer recruitment as one of the reasons for his Latics exit, knows Hasselbaink from past coaching courses.

The former Chelsea and Leeds striker was first appointed as Burton manager in November 2014 and led Albion to the League Two title before leaving for QPR just over a year later with the Brewers top of League One.

He has been out of work since leaving Northampton in April 2018.

The former Netherlands international said: “I got my pro licence with Dino and went on a few courses with him.

“He knows the leagues and players. He’s a good coach, he’s driven and he will help us push us forward.

"The job is totally different from the first time, but we are coming in to try as quickly as possible to get us up the league and keep ourselves in League One – that’s our aim and first and foremost that’s what we will be trying to do. We know there is enough quality in the playing squad but that’s not reflected in where we are in the table so there is a lot of hard work to be done."

Brewers chairman Ben Robinson added: “I'm delighted to welcome Jimmy back.

"In Dino Maamria, we also have someone who has proven managerial experience in his own right and I’m sure he and Jimmy will forge a great partnership.”