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Chairman: Fixing the mess

Pete Winkelman on the current status of the Club...

12 December 2022

Chairman Pete Winkelman says he is fully aware that the Club must do more, on and off the pitch in order to improve on what has been a ‘miserable’ first-half of the 2022/23 season.

Speaking on Sunday, following the decision to part company with Head Coach Liam Manning, Winkelman addressed a number of the concerns that supporters have, and what needs to be done to improve on the Club’s current status.

“There are so many little things, as well as big things going wrong at the club and it all adds up to people not enjoying it as much as we used to and I don't enjoy it like I used to at the moment either,” the Chairman said in an honest and open interview with iFollow MK Dons.

“Results certainly don't help that, because people are willing to put up with a lot worse when you're winning but there are fundamentals we've tried to change this year which have not gone down well and I think we're failing on a lot of points at the moment.

“I can give a list of excuses and reasons, because we have justifiable reasons for all these things, but I acknowledge we're having a miserable season.

“Of course, I'm sorry that we're like this, because I didn't plan for this. I'm just trying to find ways of making this club successful – and I will continue to do that until I can find someone we all believe can do a better job than me.

“Until then, I will continue to bring sustainability to try and support the football, that includes all the stuff we have to do that’s not to do with the football that helps the football because that's where the money comes from. We have to do what we can do.

“We can all sit here and point the finger but, we have to look forward. There is no doubt we had to make changes to give ourselves a fighting chance, but whoever takes over will have to take that on and have to have the spirit and leadership to take us through it.”

Winkelman added: “This is about our Football Club and one of ways out of this is for everyone to get behind the Club and give the new manager a good welcome and create a positive atmosphere to help them get us out of this mess, while we try and fix the bits we've got wrong.”

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