MK Dons manager Karl Robinson hasn’t had the quietest of weeks as he looks to prepare his side for the challenge of Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
, reports surfaced linking the 32-year-old manager with the vacant Blackpool managerial position.mkstadiumHours before the Dons were set to take on Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup third round replay at
Robinson, though, was unaware of any approach from the Seasiders and following a meeting with Chairman Pete Winkelman, he committed his future to the Club that he has spent the last two-and-a-half years with.
Speaking to the press this week, the Liverpudlian said: “I was sat at home on Tuesday morning watching Sky Sports when I saw my name appear on the ticker tape.
“The Chairman asked to see me after the game. I wasn’t even going to come because of how ill I was but with all that was going on I decided it was best I did. I was just focused on Sheffield Wednesday, though, with my only goal getting this team into the next round of the Cup. I want to keep breaking records at this Club and that was my main concern.
“Me and the Chairman met afterwards and he said there had been an approach from Blackpool. We spoke for an hour about various things and I think he always knew where my mind lay.
“My daughter told me that she didn’t want to leave her school and her friends, so that was a nice touch too. She’s still very young and I’ve got a young family to protect and think about.
“The fans are another important reason why I’m here. I wasn’t the fans choice when I was appointment but I hope that over the past few years we’ve developed a connection with each-other and as a whole I think it’s been a really good thing. The support the fans have given me over time has strengthened my commitment to this Club.”
Despite the distractions, the Dons comfortably saw off their Championship opponents as they booked a date with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road later this month. And Robinson, whose Dons side faced the Superhoops in the same competition last season, is relishing the challenge.
“QPR are a tremendous football club, and a football club I really respect. They’ve had some good managers there, some very good players and Loftus Road is a unique place to go and play. The dressing room is small, the tunnel is really small and it’s a proper football ground - a place where you can definitely hear everything the fans are saying to you.”
Before the mouth-watering tie, though, the Dons travel to Cheshire to take on an Alex side that sit just three points behind Robinson’s men in 11th. Recent weather conditions have caused minor problems to the team’s preparations ahead of the match, but the Dons boss is confident his side will be fit and ready come 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re lucky here that we have an indoor gym, a pitch with undersoil heating which allows us to work on team-shape and a new state of the art indoor training facility which has just been re-laid. It’s not been too much of a problem with regards to training, then, and we’re all in a buoyant mood and prepared for Saturday.”