It’s a year to the day that Robbie Neilson was appointed MK Dons boss, which provided a moment of reflection for the Scotsman in his pre-match press conference this week.
Former Heart of Midlothian chief Neilson made the move down from Scotland on 2nd December 2016, to become the seventh manager of the Football Club.
Since his arrival, the 37-year-old and his team have led the Dons to 22 victories and a number of memorable moments but it is the work that has been and continues to be done off the field which has pleased him the most.
“We’ve had some highs and lows,” he told the media, in the build up to this afternoon’s Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie against Maidstone United.
“We came in with a lot of work to do and managed to get ourselves to the end of the season in a good position in the league. We haven’t started this season as well as we would have liked but I feel we’ve started to build a good, young squad.
"We had a huge turnover of players in the summer and we’re trying to bring the average age down and give pathways to the young players – it’s a project that we are still at the beginning of.
“We’re progressing – we’re not where we want to be in the league but definitely progressive in the perspective of recruiting players that will be the future of this Football Club."
Tickets for today's Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie with Maidstone United are priced from £12 adults, £5 under-18s and just £1 for under-12s, with upgrades available to East Centre and clubRed.
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