Karl Robinson says promotion to the Sky Bet Championship means the world to him, the Chairman and the city of Milton Keynes.
“It means the world to me and my family but we all deserve this,” Robinson told MK Dons Player. “The chairman, players, staff, fans and the city - this is a promotion for the whole of Milton Keynes, not just for the Dons.”
“The Chairman and I said it would take five years and now we’ve done it and in the right way too – millions of pounds worth of player sales, constant youth development and with 50 percent of the squad being homegrown.
“People tell me this football is just a game but this affects too many people’s lives for it to just be a game. I don’t know how I feel - I’m speechless, I can’t believe we’ve done it!
“I don’t know how long it will take to sink in because it was so good. We’ve won big games before at this stadium but to see Milton Keynes turn out like they did and for us to perform like we did, it was just quite incredible - days like today are why we do our job.
“I’m going to make sure I enjoy it. I’ve been told by people not to waste these opportunities because they don’t come around very often.”
As well as achieving their ultimate goal of automatic promotion, the Dons also surpassed another target – this one set for them by the Chairman at the Player of the Year awards just last week.
“The Chairman set us another target, to reach 100 goals, and we ended up with more than that - the players have been sensational!
“To finish like we have done is quite incredible and all the players deserve a mention. They will be able to come back to this place in 10 years’ time and they’ll still get the same reception that they got – they are immortal.”
Watch every home match of the Dons’ first season in the Championship by signing up for a 2015/16 season ticket – adult prices start from £32 a month, under-18s from just £3.50 a month, while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership.
To sign up, visit the Box Office at stadiummk/kiosk at thecentre:mk or call 0333 200 5343.