Playing in the Premier League is something most clubs can only dream of across the top four tiers of English football. Gaining promotion is one of the hardest achievements in football. For many clubs, the long 46 game slog over 10 months can take the stuffing out of teams and, as a result, spend another season in the league they are attempting to get out of. One club that in many ways is underachieving is MK Dons.
The Milton Keynes based club have extremely high ambitions since its reformation from Wimbledon back in 2004. Owner Peter Winkelman has done an amazing job in putting the Buckinghamshire based side on the map. Manager Karl Robinson is also going from strength to strength as a manger, despite being one of the youngest managers in English football. Having had more lucrative offers to leave the Stadium MK, Robinson is fully aware of the vision and potential of this fantastic football club in a bid to finally guide them to the Championship.
From 2004-2010, the Dons found it a struggle to find their feet, appointing a manager for every season which included two spells at MK Dons for Paul Ince. Stuart Murdoch, Danny Wilson, Martin Allen and Roberto Di Matteo also failed to guide the Dons to promotion. Being described as the ‘nearly men’ is probably the biggest understatement in football, losing three Play-Off semi-finals to go into the Championship. However, with a League Two title and a Football League trophy under their belt, MK Dons have the impetus to be a success in the 2014/2015 season.
The current crop of players on the books at the Stadium MK is also something to behold. With a blend of youth and experience, this will probably be there best chance of that long awaited celebration to the realisation they are now finally in the second tier of English football. Defender and captain, Dean Lewington has the led the club with true distinction, and is a true leader in the MK Dons camp. On the other end of the scale, players like Benik Afobe who is on loan from Premier League title contenders Arsenal, and Geroge Baldock are certain to have bright future’s ahead of them. One name in particular that will certainly end up plying his trade in England’s top fight is 18-year-old midfielder Dele Alli. Despite his tender age, Alli will be crucial for the promotion push this season. This box-to-box midfielder, who can operate and control the centre of the park is already catching they eye of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and if Robinson can hang onto him for the whole season, then chances of promotion will be very high.
With a young manager and perfectly balanced squad, the Dons squad is already to cope with the challenges of the Championship for this season. However, still in League One, MK Dons, with great facilities, great stadium, great fans and play good football like we saw in the 4-0 Capital One Cup demolishing of Manchester United, Karl Robinson’s side are destined to finally go up in 2015.
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