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 Post subject: Paul Ince has gone back to MK dons....then left
PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:37 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Paul Ince has gone back to MK dons
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He shouldn't never have left (yeah I know, easy with hindsight). The step up was a little bit too big for him.

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Not liitle ..but too big

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 Post subject: Re: Paul Ince has gone back to MK dons
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Yeah I was being kind to him. That's exactly what I was referring to - he was out of his depth. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Paul Ince has gone back to MK dons....then left
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MK Dons manager Paul Ince has announced that he will leave the club for a second time at the end of the season.

The 42-year-old rejoined the Coca-Cola League One side last summer and was expected to mount a promotion challenge but a run of poor form has seen the Dons lose touch with the play-off places.

Going into Saturday's clash with relegation-threatened Wycombe, the Dons are 12 points behind sixth-placed Huddersfield with four games remaining.

The morning papers reported that former England captain Ince was set to be sacked as part of a cost-cutting campaign at stadium:mk but he has now decided to resign.

However he will stay on for the last four games of the season before leaving next month.


Ince said: "Having discussed with the chairman the plans for next season, I don't feel it will be possible to take the team forward as I would have liked due to the budget cutbacks that he is going to have to make throughout the club.

"I have enjoyed my time as MK Dons manager, will take some great memories from both my spells here and would like to thank those associated with the club for the support I have received."

Ince guided the Dons to the League Two title and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy win in his first spell in charge before leaving to take charge of Blackburn in June 2008.

However, he lasted just 17 games at Ewood Park before being dismissed and was re-hired by Dons chairman Pete Winkelman last summer.

Winkelman said: "Having increased our investment in the first-team squad this season to capitalise on the momentum Paul himself helped to create, we have felt it necessary to apply some prudence to next year's budgets throughout the club.

"These measures bring expenditure in line with the previous campaign and ensure that our resources are spent responsibly.

"Regrettably, Paul has made it clear that this decision would make it difficult for him to carry on and he has decided to step down as manager.

"This was entirely his decision."

The Dons started the season strongly but have lost their way in recent months as injury and suspensions took their toll.

Ince was forced to field 40-year-old coach Alex Rae during the 0-0 draw with Oldham in midweek and slammed a section of supporters after the game for booing his side off.

Ince's squad have picked up a massive 122 yellow cards this season - 45 more than any other team - and Ince was handed a five-match touchline ban by the Football Association today for improper conduct.

Four of those will be served this season.

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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has joined MK Dons as player-coach on a one-year deal.

The former Germany international, who won 59 caps for his country, becomes new Dons manager Karl Robinson's fourth new signing following the recent arrivals of David Martin, Gary Mackenzie and Lewis Guy.

The 36-year-old, who has also played for Bayern Munich, Newcastle and Manchester City, will primarily be a member of the playing squad but will also use his vast football experience to help the coaching staff at stadium:mk.

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 Post subject: MK Dons: Boss Wise Beyond His Years
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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday by selecting his team for Wednesday's match against Southampton and enjoying what he dryly described as "a romantic evening meal" with assistant manager John Gorman.

It might not be everybody's perfect way of waving farewell to their twenties (I spent my 30th in Amsterdam with my girlfriend and 12 mates watching Rafael van der Vaart score a hat-trick), but it is difficult to argue with the end result.

Robinson's team won their third straight home game in League One on a wet Wednesday evening at stadium:mk to ruin Nigel Adkins' debut as Saints manager and move up to third in the table.

Angelo Balanta, who had been dropped to the bench, and Peter Leven struck in the second half for a 2-0 win, Robinson celebrating both goals with a double fist pump in the direction of the home fans. Afterwards, Robinson quipped that his players were giving him so many selection headaches that he was running out of paracetamol.

But there is clearly more to Robinson than his sharp scouse wit, like a burning desire to preside over a successful period at the helm of MK Dons.

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"I love this club, it is very similar to me, young and still learning," said Robinson. "Chairman Pete Winkelman appointed me and he will look stupid if it doesn't work out. I just hope that I never let him down."

Winkelman gave Robinson the job on a permanent basis in May after the former assistant to Paul Ince impressed the chairman with a top-to-bottom presentation detailing his vision for the club. Robinson outlined his plans for his backroom staff, player recruitment policy and the high-tempo, attractive style he wanted his side to adopt.

He had effectively been in charge of the team for the last four games of last season after Ince announced his intention to step down. The club drew one and lost three of those four fixtures but Robinson's attempt to introduce a less direct and physical style of play was appreciated by a large section of supporters.

Even so, it was a bold appointment by Winkelman and marked something of a change of strategy. Predecessors Ince, appointed twice by Winkelman, and Roberto Di Matteo were both men who had enjoyed glittering playing careers.

On the other hand, Robinson's playing career was spent at non-league clubs like St Helens Town, Rhyl, Bamber Bridge and Kidsgrove Athletic. A serious injury in his late teens had ended his chances of turning professional and the striker eventually retired from playing in his mid-twenties. But in stark contrast to the mediocrity of his playing days is the trajectory of his coaching career. Robinson was a full-time member of the coaching staff at Liverpool by the age of 20 and spent seven years working for their Academy.

"It was a brilliant grounding," added Robinson. "I ran a few things abroad with the Liverpool legends, spread the word all over the world on various coaching seminars and worked with the elite Academy players, such as Jay Spearing and Jack Robinson. It was so diverse and there were so many different elements to it."

Robinson left to become assistant to Ince during his first spell at MK Dons, eventually following him to Blackburn. When Ince was sacked by Rovers in December 2008 after less than six months in charge, Robinson was kept on by new boss Sam Allardyce before rejoining Ince for his second spell in Milton Keynes.

"Sam Allardyce is an absolute genius," said Robinson. "He is fantastic at what he does. He gets the best staff around him and makes them believe they can move mountains - that impacts on the players."

Robinson has surrounded himself with experience at MK Dons, with Gorman and Alex Rae on his coaching staff and Dietmar Hamann taking control from the centre of midfield. The four men normally convene for a brief discussion before Robinson addresses the squad at half-time and they often go out for dinner together. Robinson is quick to acknowledge that they provide what he lacks - the background of playing the professional game at a high level - but he bristles if you suggest he lacks the necessary coaching experience.

"What is experience? People only gain experience when they are given the opportunity," Robinson said. "I might not have much managerial experience but I probably have more experience than a lot of people as far as coaching and looking after individuals goes.

"Sir Alex Ferguson was young when he stopped playing. Then there are the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Roy Hodgson - they have all been students of the game from an early age."

I spoke to Robinson for 40 minutes on Tuesday and his desire to learn and improve came across strongly during our conversation. He explained how he once heard Wenger tell Ince as they chatted after a cup tie that he felt it was important to know a little bit about everything at the club so that he could then make sure he employed the right staff. It is a skill that Robinson is keen to acquire.

Robinson's family remain in Liverpool and so the manager spends long hours in his office during the week watching games or speaking to players and managers as he attempts to broaden his knowledge. Not long before I spoke to him, Robinson had been on the phone to a Premier League player for half an hour exchanging stories.

"The more friends you make in the game the longer you stay in it and the more opportunities you will be given," he told me.

Robinson acquired his Uefa Pro Licence in the summer and has been told that he is the youngest in Europe to have gained the qualification. His opposite number on Wednesday, new Saints boss Adkins, also has Europe's top coaching qualification, as well as various diplomas in business, finance and sports psychology and a degree in physiotherapy. Adkins will probably need all of his available skills as he attempts to turn the under-performing team he has inherited into promotion contenders.

The former Scunthorpe boss said he was going to watch the DVD and reflect privately on what had happened during his first game in charge. He talked with genuine enthusiasm about his new role and spoke a lot of common sense when discussing the need to rebuild confidence after a run of four defeats without managing to register a goal. He was also realistic enough to acknowledge that he must start winning games quickly if Saints are to fulfill his aim of winning promotion this season.

Robinson suggested afterwards that Adkins had not been able to change the tide of the match once MK Dons had scored because he had not worked with his new team long enough to develop a Plan B. The MK Dons boss also explained in some detail how his team had defended slightly higher up the pitch after the break in order to starve the service to Saints forward Rickie Lambert. He sounded like a man in control.

There are some people who will never acknowledge the existence of MK Dons, arguably with good reason, but in many ways I think it would be great if Robinson could emulate the success of Bournemouth's Eddie Howe (at 32, now the second youngest manager in the Football League) in winning promotion.

And now that Robinson has turned 30, he believes that people might start focusing a little more on his credentials and a little less on his age.

"At one point after I got the job, I was starting to think that my full name was '29-year-old Karl Robinson'," said the MK Dons boss.

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 Post subject: "Drop the Dons" Campaign
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A south London MP is to ask the House of Commons to back a campaign for Milton Keynes Dons Football Club to drop the word "Dons" from its name.

The term was adopted after the original Dons, Wimbledon Football Cub, relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003.

Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, said it was a symbol of how the club's identity was "stolen".

She said she would use the case as an example in a 30-minute Parliamentary debate about football governance.

"I want ministers to remember the case of Wimbledon when they look at how football should be governed," she said.

"It shouldn't be possible for clubs to just up sticks and leave the communities they are supported by."

"Wimbledon" was dropped from the club's name in 2004 and it became Milton Keynes Dons.

The club, which currently play in League One, the third tier of England's football league system, returned replica trophies of Wimbledon FC's honours to the London Borough of Merton in 2007.

Meanwhile, a group of Wimbledon supporters formed AFC Wimbledon which, since 2002, has risen to League Two.

Ms McDonagh said she would urge the government to ensure any changes to the rules about how clubs should be run, currently being considered by the football authorities, would guarantee that clubs cannot ignore the communities which support them.

She said she would back calls from the organisation Supporters' Direct for communities to be represented formally in the running of clubs as part of licence conditions.

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Ms McDonagh, an AFC Wimbledon supporter, has tabled a Parliamentary motion asking MPs to support the Wimbledon Guardian's "Drop the Dons" campaign which states that this would "remove much of the stigma associated with that club".

She said that now AFC Wimbledon had reached the Football League, it was time for the club to take action to reclaim its identity.

"I also want the authorities to look at the running sore of Franchise FC stealing our name," she said, referring to Milton Keynes Dons.

"We want it recognised that the Dons are from Wimbledon and the new club should stake out its own identity and find a different way of representing its heritage in its name.

"It's hard for Milton Keynes too, people in football remember that they gained their club through identity theft so it would be good for Milton Keynes for the team to have its own identity."

Milton Keynes Dons FC declined to comment on the situation but MK Dons' fan and former Fizz fanzine editor, Franco Volpe, said he was "bemused" by the subject being brought up again.

"It's a non issue. As far as Milton Keynes Dons supporters are concerned we're not going to change our name," he said.

"The [FA] commission that allowed the move in the first place recommended that we kept the identity of the old Wimbledon and [club owner] Pete [Winkleman] did that when he called us the Milton Keynes Dons.

"The Dons is our identity, it's where we came from and it's wrong to just take the club and decide that you don't want to be involved with what's happened in the past."


I can't stand what happened but why even bring it up again?

The MK Dons basically became a new club they gave back the FA Cup to the borough and basically wiped the name Wimbledon from their existance AFC Wimbledon are now recognised as the club who carried on after Wimbledon died.

AFC will obviously never forgive the people who allowed their club to be stolen and transported 50 miles up the road this should obviously never ever been allowed to happen but these sort of public statements are just stupid.


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Could it possibly be because they could be in the same league next season?

Although not looking likely at the moment as AFC are 7 points from the play offs and MK Dons are in the play off places in the league above.

Going to be some atmosphere when they do end up in the same league.

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AFC fans will not travel to MK to watch the game they don't want to give the club any money and that's fair enough. MK Dons fans are all 13 year olds with their dads so it'll only be hostile from one end at the AFC home game their are very few MK Dons fans who were wimbledon.

There's a chance that it could happen MK Dons are serial bottlers when it comes to promotion from that league but I'd be suprised if AFC managed back to back promotion I think they see this year as a success as long as they stay in the league. They're not like Crawley going up on the back of money they had a league one standard side in the conference last season.


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ALAN SMITH has sealed a shock loan move to League One side MK Dons.

The Newcastle midfielder, 31, has been out of the picture at St James Park this season.

He has made just two substitute appearances for the Magpies and is desperate to play matches.

Dons boss Karl Robinson has welcomed Smith's arrival, with the former England star available to make his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Robinson, also 31, said: "Alan Smith is a player of great quality and I am delighted we have been able to get this deal over the line.

"He has played for three of the great English teams in Leeds, Manchester United and Newcastle.

"He has a Premier League, Carling Cup and Championship title to his name.

"His talent is undoubted and the experience he will bring into the dressing room is unrivalled.

"I truly believe adding his character to our team could be the difference in helping us achieve our promotion ambitions.

"This is certainly a signing that will raise a few people's eyebrows but having spoken to Alan I know he is determined to help make MK Dons a Championship club.

"I am really excited about seeing Alan Smith in an MK Dons shirt, he will fit in to our style of football and will add another element to our front four.

"It would like to publically thank Alan Pardew and Newcastle United for going the extra mile to help us complete this deal."

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MK Dons? Poor old Smiffy. A good signing for them, though I'm surprised a bigger team didn't make an offer. He's no Messi but his heart is as big as a a lion and he'll do well for them imo.

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Having slipped down the pecking order at Newcastle, while probably still having a decent wage is probably enough to put some off. The good news for Smudge is that MK Dons seem to be planning to play him as a striker, which he did a decent job of before SAF decided that he should be a centre midfielder for some reason.

Good luck Smudger, hope it turns out well for him.

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Rumours are that MK Dons are paying just £2k a week of his £60k a week salary.

Newcastle are just trying to put him in the shop window he will take a pay cut to leave but no one wants to buy him is what the current line is.

He should absolutely destroy that league and if the dons get promoted they might be able to attract him into signing next season in the championship.

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MK Dons will play Wimbledon in the FA Cup. :fonz:

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And AFC want MK Dons to drop the Dons from their name and admit that what they did in relocating was wrong.

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Sounds like AFC fans won't be going to it.

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Well a lot of AFC fans refuse to acknowledge the existence of MK Dons. Not sure it's going to do their club any favours if they don't go though.

I even heard an AFC fan on TalkSPORT saying that MK Dons should forfeit the match because of what they did.

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I think this is the last thing AFC or MK Dons wanted it almost happened last year as well.

AFC fans don't want to give money to the MK Dons so a lot of fans will boycott the game and MK Dons don't want to bring the story up again as they've already handed back the history of Wimbledon as far as they're concerned they're a new team.

Personally I think it comes down to fans choice those who want to go and support their team AFC should be free to do so without being seen as any sort of scab and those who don't want to shouldn't feel they've been disloyal.

I think the media love this fixture because it gives them plenty to write/talk about but any real football fan didn't want it to happen.

I will always dislike the dons for what they did even though they moved the team to my town. I think they should have created a new club and spent the money getting them up the league rather than just buy one and move it. A club doesn't belong to the owner it belongs to a community and that club belongs in Wimbledon even if it meant they went bust and started again in the conference like Chester, Telford and many others have done.

However, in terms of integrating itself into a new community the MK Dons are doing a fantastic job they do coaching workshops with all the schools and local football clubs and put local lads into the academy structure. One of my mates growing up little brother came through that academy and is now playing at Kilmarnock in Scotland and a few local kids are now getting a chance as previously MK wasn't really scouted because clubs like Luton & Northampton already had large catchment areas.


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Both teams got very good wins this weekend. MK Dons beat Sheff Utd. Wimbledon got a result against York. Off the top of my head that is I could have made it up. :lol:

AFC fans would be silly not to go and support their team. Imagine if they beat em it'd be one of the most satisfying victories as a fan going!!

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