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 Post subject: Re: MK Dons: Boss Wise Beyond His Years
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:30 am 
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Manager Karl Robinson and head of coaching Richie Barker have extended their contracts with MK Dons.

Robinson, whose previous deal was up next summer, led the Dons to the Championship for the first time in May, by finishing second in League One.

The 34-year-old has been in charge of the club since May 2010 and is the third longest-serving manager in England's top four divisions.

Barker has been part of Robinson's backroom staff for just over a year.

The former Bury, Crawley and Portsmouth boss initially assisted Robinson in an advisory role towards the end of the 2013-14 season before his appointment as head of coaching in May 2014.

The club have not publicised the length of the deals.


Have to say the guy is doing a great job with MK Dons on the pitch the club is always losing their best young players to bigger clubs but he keeps putting faith in the next lot coming through and they play some very entertaining stuff but a lot of their success has been down to some shrewd loan signings and I think they're going to struggle with the step up to the Championship.

The stadium and surrounding works are all now complete the whole site is unrecognisable from the dog sh*t covered park pitches it started out as 10 years ago it now has the stadium surrounded by a huge Ikea & Asda plus a seperate retail development and Imax cinema and they now finally have planning permission to build a training facility/academy rather than renting a local sports facility from the council.

For fans it's an awful ground to go to if you want a drink before the game as there isn't a pub anywhere near it although the facilities in the ground for home fans are excellant away fans not so great. Also, as the attendances grow the fact it's basically in the middle of a huge retail park shopping/entertainment complex means traffic around it/parking is going to be crazy on a saturday afternoon and public transport in Milton Keynes is a joke.


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 Post subject: Re: MK Dons: Boss Wise Beyond His Years
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:57 pm 
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They finally sacked Karl Robinson last week over 200 people have applied for the jobs and the current bookies favourite is Ryan Giggs.

It'd be a great place for a young manager to start they've given chances to plenty of young guys down the years but the squad has serious problems currently they've not really got a goal scorer and Robinson wanted his teams playing out from defence which caused them so many problems. They lost the core of the side that got promoted and beat Utd in the League Cup Alli was sold, Afobe & Grigg went back to parent clubs following loans and they never really replaced that which is why they got relegated straight back to League One. I went to 3 or 4 games last season (as a guest) and I don't think I've ever seen a team as toothless as them up front they literally had nothing going forward and having been relegated I'm told they look similar this season.

Also, the money to an extent has dried up a bit for them they're sort of living within their means now which is fine but with crowds of 10,000 in a 30,000 seater stadium you're not making the most of the advantage you could have.

Not sure Giggs would take it or even apply for it as he might feel he's better than league one but it was a good spring board for his old mate Paul Ince when he was working his way up and the lack of history at the club sort of means managers have freedom to do what they want and more importantly are given time by the owner.


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