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Barker enjoying ‘different’ Dons role

2 April 2014

Richie Barker says he is making the most of coaching again after agreeing to assist Dons boss Karl Robinson until the end of the season.

“I know if you try and do it all it can take its toll. Hopefully I can recognise, having been through what I’ve been through in the past three years, that there will be times for him to take a backwards step, a break, and get a different voice on the training field.”

“Getting to know the players is important and I’ll put as much of a stamp on things as the manager allows! But I’m here to help him and assist him.

“I’m looking forward to doing something a little different if I'm honest. Hopefully I can spend a bit more time coaching, analysing and trying to improve the players where I can, whilst also assisting the manager.

The former Bury and Crawley Town boss added: “Management is stressful and spending only a couple of days here with Karl has reminded me of that!

“It was good to get straight back in. I had the conversation fairly quickly and it was something I was interested in doing. I’ll help in any way I can.”

“The first few days have been enjoyable,” he told MK Dons Player. “It’s a good place to be and a good Football Club which is extremely well run and managed.

The 38-year-old was alongside Robinson in the dugout for the first time on Saturday for the record-breaking clash with Wolves, just two days after leaving Portsmouth as manager.

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