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Pete: Russ taking us back to our roots

Chairman on Russell Martin's impact and MK Dons returning to their DNA...

24 June 2020

Pete Winkelman believes Russell Martin is taking MK Dons back to their roots and is excited to see what he can build at Stadium MK next season.

Martin was appointed manager in November and has overseen a turnaround in fortunes both in terms of results and performances, with the Dons returning to the attractive style of play that has earned them so many plaudits over the years.

“Russell is getting back us back to that Milton Keynes Dons way,” Winkelman said in a recent interview with MKFM.

“There is a Milton Keynes Dons way and our supporters know what that looks like and it what it can look like at its best. He wants to get us back to that.

“We are a dynamic, football-playing team. We want to be a very entertaining and exciting team to watch. We want to improve our players and increase the value of our players. It’s been great to get back to that.”

Winkelman continued: “We gave Russ a really hard task. He had to take over a team that was in the relegation zone and had completely lost its confidence, with strikers that still weren’t back. He also had to change, completely, the way that we played, to bring us back to the Milton Keynes Dons identity and to our philosophy.

“He has delivered everything that I hoped he would. I think Russell is a serious manager and I’m really excited to see what we can do next year. I’ve got great confidence in him being able to get us back to what MK Dons has been about since Paul Ince in 2007.

“My task is to make sure that I can get as many as the players on his list as possible to give us the best fighting chance of going back up the table.”


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