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Neilson's delight at being a Don

6 December 2016

Club News

Neilson's delight at being a Don

6 December 2016

Robbie Neilson has spoken of his delight at being MK Dons’ new manager.

Neilson was appointed the Club’s seventh manager last Friday and speaking after this appointment, the 36-year-old revealed his excitement and determination to impress in his new job.

“It’s great to be here,” Neilson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “It took a couple of days to get sorted but I’m sure it’s going to be a great experience.

“I’m looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to hopefully developing the Club and the team going forward. The Club is definitely going places and there’s a great atmosphere here.

“There is a good squad here and I’m confident we can head in the right direction. I’ve watched the last five or six games and there’s real talent there. When you see them up close and personal, you can see there’s real potential too.

“There are guys that can take us back into the Championship – it’s a really good group.”

“It was a huge decision for me and my family to move but I wanted to come down to England. When coming down, it was important for me to pick the right chairman and the right club and I just felt this was the right match at the right time for me.”

“I was at Hearts for three years and we had a lot of success. We helped build that club back up to where it belonged.

Neilson moves to the Dons from Heart of Midlothian, with whom he won promotion from the Scottish Championship in his first season and finished third in the Scottish Premiership in his second.

“It was really important that I brought him down with me – hopefully together we can get this Club back to where it belongs.”

“He’s a real rock for me as well and somebody I can speak to. He’s good with the players too – sometimes as a manager, there is a little bit of distance between you and the players but Stevie can bridge that for me.

“When I got the chance at Hearts, I brought him in because he’s really good with the strikers. I played as a defender so I felt to really give the strikers the right information they needed someone who has all the details.

“I’ve been with Stevie now for three years and I’d known him a little bit as a player as well.

Joining Neilson at Stadium MK is former Scotland international striker Stevie Crawford, who worked with his fellow countryman since his appointment at Hearts back in the summer of 2014.

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