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Sporting Director - Liam Sweeting

Liam Sweeting was appointed the Club's first Sporting Director in May 2021, following the departure of Executive Director Andrew Cullen.

Sweeting, previously Head of Recruitment and Analysis, joined MK Dons in March 2018, having previously worked in posts at Blackpool and Crystal Palace, and during his time at Stadium MK has enjoyed considerable success in transforming the Club’s recruitment and performance analysis departments.

In his new role, Sweeting will be responsible for the strategic direction of the Club’s ongoing football development, managing player recruitment at all levels and working closely with the Academy to maintain the pathway to the First Team.


Performance Director - Simon Crampton

Simon Crampton was appointed the Club's first Performance Director in May 2021, following the departure of Executive Director Andrew Cullen.

Entering his 16th season with MK Dons, having joined the Club as Head Academy Physio back in 2006, Crampton he has been an integral component in the football operation at Stadium MK and this will be enhanced in his new role as he provides the First Team with all the organisation, structure and performance strategies they require.


Head Coach - Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson was appointed Head Coach of MK Dons on 23 December 2022, joining from Leeds United where he had held the role of first-team coach under Jesse Marsch.

A former defender during his playing days, Jackson enjoyed a 20-year career playing for a number of clubs including hometown club Leeds United, as well as Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Scunthorpe United, Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale and Farsley Celtic, before hanging up his boots in 2015.

Jackson returned to Leeds United after retiring and quickly rose through the ranks as a youth coach, progressing from Under-15s coach through to being appointed first-team coach under Jesse Marsch in March 2022.

The 45-year-old has been credited with the development of a number of young players during his time coaching at Elland Road as well as keeping the Whites in the Premier League last season, while he also led the Under-23s to a Premier League 2 Division 2 trophy during an unbeaten 2020/21 campaign.


Assistant Head Coach - Robbie Stockdale

Robbie Stockdale was appointed Assistant Head Coach of MK Dons on 19 January 2023, joining Mark Jackson's backroom team at Stadium MK.

Stockdale, 43, made over 250 career league appearances during his playing career, appearing for clubs such as Middlesbrough, Rotherham United, Hull City, Tranmere Rovers and Grimsby Town. He also earned five international caps for Scotland.

The ex-defender turned to coaching in 2012 and over the past 10 years, has held first-team coaching roles at Grimsby Town, Hibernian and West Bromwich Albion, working under the likes of Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Chris Coleman. He also served as caretaker manager for both Grimsby and Sunderland – the latter on three separate occasions.

Stockdale was handed his first permanent managerial role by Rochdale in July 2021 and spent 13 months in charge at Crown Oil Arena before he departed Greater Manchester and was soon added to the first-team coaching set-up at Hull City.

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Technical Insights Analyst - Aaron Dagger

Aaron Dagger joined the MK Dons backroom team just days after the appointment of Head Coach Mark Jackson.

Dagger worked with Jackson at Leeds United, where he held the role of Performance Analyst within the Under-21s set-up before stepping up to the first team alongside Jackson.

The 32-year-old graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Sports Coaching & Development before joining Preston North End.


Head of Rehabilitation - Adam Ross



First Team Physiotherapist - Tom Delaney



Head Strength and Conditioning Coach - Tom Bromley



Head Of Performance Analysis - Shaun Howl



Lead First-Team Performance Analyst - David Perkins



Football Administration Manager - Callum Read



Head of Technical Scouting - Nathan Pilecki



Data Scientist - Ram Srinivas



Kit Manager - Harry Hagues


Academy Manager

Academy Operations Manager and Interim Safeguarding Lead: Martin Harris (
Academy Head of Coaching: Stephen Payne
Lead Professional Development Phase Coach: John Bitting
Academy Sports Science and Medicine Coordinator/Senior Sports Therapist: Caitlin O’Reilly
Academy Head of Player Care: Natascia Bernardi (


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