Gary Waddock has today left his position at MK Dons to take up the managerial reins at Sky Bet League 2 promotion chasers Oxford United.
The 52-year-old has ably assisted Karl Robinson since joining as the Club’s Head of Coaching in the summer, with the Dons once again challenging at the top end of Sky Bet League 1.
“We are extremely disappointed to lose Gary but this is a wonderful opportunity for him personally,” said Executive Director Andy Cullen.
“Oxford United have a great chance of promotion this year and with managerial opportunities of this nature not coming round too often, we couldn’t stand in his way.
“When we appointed Gary we were conscious of his own personal aim to one day manage again, especially given his track record of two promotions.
“Together with Karl, we will now prioritise a rigorous process to identify a new coach with the right professional credentials to move us forward, as well as help Karl coach and develop the exciting talent we have in the first-team squad.”
Waddock will lead the U’s for the first time on Monday night when they travel to Southend United – a game which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
He said: “I’ve loved my time at MK Dons. I would like to thank the Chairman, Karl, the staff, players and fans for making it such an enjoyable nine months. I wish everyone all the best for the remainder of this season and the campaigns to come.
“The opportunity to get back into management, especially at a big club like Oxford United, was too good to turn down and although I’m disappointed to be leaving the Dons, I’m excited by the new challenge.”
The Club would like to thank Gary for his contribution during his time at MK Dons and wish him very success for the future.