Karl Robinson spent a year at Blackburn Rovers, ultimately learning his trade and carving his way to becoming the manager he is today.
Having left MK Dons in the summer of 2008 to follow Paul Ince to Ewood Park, Robinson took hold of the first team coach role and made it his own – so much so he stayed on following Ince’s dismissal to work alongside Sam Allardyce.
In that 12 months, although a rollercoaster ride, Robinson developed an affiliation with the club that remains evident to this day and the Dons’ boss, now in his third season at the helm of stadiummk, is looking forward to entertaining his former side in the Capital One Cup tonight.
Speaking to MK Dons Player ahead of the game Robinson said: “I was excited by the draw, it’s a good club. You need you need to be there, to work there to truly appreciate the history, the players that have played there, the warmth and togetherness of the fans.
“It is a fantastic Football Club, they shouldn’t be where they are, it’s disappointing to see Blackburn outside the Premier League but they have assembled some really good players over the summer. We know we are going to be in for such a difficult game but we’re looking forward to it.”
The Dons head into the Cup contest with a threadbare squad due to an injury to Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and a trio of suspensions. Robinson does however, welcome back Stephen Gleeson but the Dons manager is more than aware of the challenge that awaits his charges.
He added: “They’re a good team; you don’t sign Danny Murphy, or keep David Dunn, Mortem Gamst Pedersen if you’re a bad team. They have Nuno Gomes – what a player he still is – he is an exceptional player. They are a wonderful team and a team we are extremely excited to come up against.
“We know the task is going to be very, very difficult one that lies in front of us but we feel that we are equipped and ready for it. We are tired and fatigued but it is an excuse that we can’t use because some of it has been our own fault. “