Paul Tisdale says his MK Dons are heading into the season with ambitions to be competitive at the business end of the campaign.
The Dons kick-off the 2019/20 season this weekend when they welcome Shrewsbury Town at Stadium MK and supporters will be hoping it’s the start of another successful campaign for the Dons.
Tisdale sees no reason why that can’t be the case.
“Yeah, why not?” Tisdale said when asked in his pre-match press conference whether or not his side could achieve promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. “There's a lot of work to do but we're ambitious, we see no reason why not
“There will be a lot of other teams thinking the same. There are two automatic places, four play-off spots and a number of teams who will realistically think they have a chance for a while - that may go all the way to May.
“At Christmas, a dozen teams will think they have a chance of promotion and I think we should, at least, be in that bracket. That should be our starting point.
“I'd like to see how we are after five games too. Even if we don't win, it will give me the chance to see where we can adjust to win them.”
He continued: “Ultimately, it’s about scoring more goals than the opposition on a Saturday. Your team can be in disarray but you can win, or in good nick and lose.
“We look in good shape. We've got new players at the front of the pitch so there will be as period before our rhythm and timing with the rest of the teams will develop.
"We’re not the finished article yet but we've got strength in depth, competition for places and an athletic squad.”
Tickets for Saturday's Sky Bet League One opener with Shrewsbury Town are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with an accompanying adult.
Club Dons members are entitled to £5 discount on the matchday price for 10 EFL games while Young Dons members can take advantage of a £1 discount on prices.
To purchase tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.