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Tisdale appointed MK Dons manager

Paul Tisdale announced MK Dons manager...

6 June 2018

Milton Keynes Dons are delighted to confirm the appointment of Paul Tisdale as the Football Club’s new First-Team Manager.

Tisdale’s move to Stadium MK was finalised on Wednesday and he was later unveiled to the media at a press conference.

This exciting appointment comes following the 45-year-old's recent departure from Exeter City, where he spent the last 12 years.

Speaking to mkdons.com, Tisdale said: “When the owner contacted me we discussed the opportunity for a fresh approach, both on and off the pitch.

“We have a shared vision for the Club and want to build a unique environment and culture - one which will best enable the players to perform and become part of a winning football team.

“I am excited by the Club’s ambition and relish the challenge of guiding MK Dons to fulfill its undoubted potential.”

Tisdale began his managerial career with Team Bath, with whom he won two league titles and a total of four promotions.

The former Southampton and Bristol City midfielder then moved to Exeter City in 2006 and during his time the Grecians, managed over 620 matches, enjoyed two promotions and achieved a total of four play-off finishes.

He was the country’s longest-serving manager prior to his exit from St James Park last Friday.

Chairman Pete Winkelman said of the appointment: "Paul was our number one choice from the very start and although it has taken some time to become real, it is certainly worth the wait.

"Paul ticks every box for us and I am very much looking forward to working with him and his team, as we all look to bring back exciting times to Milton Keynes."

Tisdale will be joined at Stadium MK by Matt Oakley and Mel Gwinnett, who will take up the roles of Assistant Manager and First-Team Coach respectively.

Oakley, 40 served as Tisdale’s assistant during their time at Exeter City. He recently retired as a player following a career which saw him make over 600 appearances for clubs such as Southampton, Derby County, Leicester City. He has a League One title to his name along with an FA Cup runners-up medal and a Championship play-off success.

Gwinnett also worked alongside Tisdale at St James Park. During his playing days, the 56-year-old represented the likes of Exeter, Peterborough United, Hereford United and Bradford City.


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