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16 June 2016

Town willl be hoping to beat MK for the very first time

Name: Milton Keynes Dons Football Club
Stadium: Stadium:mk
Capacity: 30, 000
Manager: Karl Robinson
Last season: 23rd in the Championship (Relegated)

The MK Dons will look towards a return to the Championship at the first attempt upon their return to the third-tier, after their first ever season in the second division of English football concluded in relegation.

Karl Robinson’s Buckinghamshire side dropped out of the league in their inaugural year in the Championship, and MK’s 30, 000 seater stadium will host League One football again.

The aim for 2016/17 will be for Robinson to guide his Dons team to promotion over the 46 game season.

Robinson, aged 35, played youth team football at Everton, Swindon Town and Blackpool. He later embarked on a career at non-league level, which lasted eight years.

During that time, the Liverpudlian spent time at the likes of Caernarfon Town, Marine, Bamber Bridge, Prescot Cables, Rhyl and Warrington Town amongst others.

After leaving the non-league game behind, Robinson worked as a youth team coach at Liverpool’s academy, prior to becoming a coach under Sam Allardyce, during his spell in charge of Blackburn Rovers.

In the May of 2010, Robinson was appointed manager at Milton Keynes Dons having previously spent time at the club, as the assistant manager to former boss Paul Ince. At the time, aged 29, he became the youngest manager to take charge of a professional club.

The 2010/11 season, Robinson’s first-season at Milton Keynes, would see him guide the Dons to a fifth place finish in League One, only for MK to be defeated in the semi-final against rivals Peterborough United.

Fast-forward four-seasons, and Robinson led the MK Dons to a promotion from League One to the Championship in May 2015, as the club were automatically promoted to the second-tier for the first time in their 12 year history, pipping Preston North End on the final day.

Despite the successes of a campaign in which they also dismantled Manchester United in the League Cup, the Dons could not achieve safety in the Championship, and they ended the season in the relegation places, alongside Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic.




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