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Chairman clarifies recruitment model

Pete Winkelman provides clarity on the Club's recruitment strategy...

15 May 2023

Chairman Pete Winkelman has moved to clarify MK Dons’ recruitment model following a disappointing season in terms of incomings at Stadium MK.

Speaking in the aftermath of the Club’s relegation to Sky Bet League Two, questions regarding the processes in place to sign players were brought up by members of the media, including the responsibilities and position of Sporting Director Liam Sweeting.

Discussing the model, and Sweeting’s role moving forwards, Winkelman said: “The thing with recruitment is that it’s a process and a team effort.

“A Sporting Director will identify players and the Manager will the choose from those players, based on who fits in their team. The final decision has and always will be with the Manager or Head Coach.

"Liam Sweeting has taken full accountability of his role in (the disappointment of this season) - he practically offered his resignation when he came to see me. But, Liam Sweeting is very competent at what he does and he has had some terrific windows for us.

“Every player that has done well within League One this year were on our list but, for one reason or another, we didn’t choose those players over others.

“Ultimately, it all means we are not where we should be and we can’t change it. What I want to get across is the spirit that we all have and that the learning that we have made.

“We have reacted and, at the moment, I need everybody working their guts out for this football club. I want people that have something to prove and something to put right and me and Liam Sweeting are within that category.”

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