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Russ reflects on first year in charge

MK Dons boss celebrated his one-year anniversary on Tuesday...

5 November 2020

Russell Martin is excited to continue building his MK Dons side, after passing the one-year mark as manager this week.

Martin took over the reins on 3 November 2019 and has since overseen a complete rebuild of both the squad and the playing philosophy at Stadium MK.

Speaking to the media after reaching the one-year anniversary, the boss reflected on his first 12 months in charge and looked ahead to what he hopes the future will bring.

“I've loved it,” Martin said following the 0-0 draw with Northampton Town at the PTS Academy Stadium. “Put it this way, I've not missed playing, which tells you how I feel about the role.

“It has been intense and hectic and it’s come during a completely unique period in our lives with the virus.

“I feel the club is in a better position now than when I took over, especially in terms of identity. The squad is better too while I also think we've done good business to help the club out financially.

“Of course, we want more points on the board but it's still a work in progress. I know it might be taking longer than everyone wants, but it will take time to build something special for this club.

“I feel like we're getting there, though. We've come a long way and hopefully we'll continue along that path.”

He added: “I'm more grateful than ever and more humbled by the support. It makes me desperate to do well and I hope we can make it work and be a success."


Russell Martin's MK Dons are in Emirates FA Cup action this Sunday lunchtime, as they travel to the Silverlake Stadium to take on Eastleigh in the First Round Proper. Kick-off is at 12.45pm.

Due to broadcasting rights with the Emirates FA Cup, the match will not be shown on iFollow MK Dons and there will also be no audio coverage on either iFollow MK Dons or local radio.

However, fans will be able to watch the tie live on both the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer. Full details to follow later this week. Please note, coverage on the BBC is restricted to UK and ROI only.

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