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Nielson promises improvement as he takes charge of Dons

MK Dons unveiled their new manager at a press conference earlier this afternoon.

Robbie Nielson joins from Hearts and said he was delighted with the move.

"I'm delighted, It is a big move, it is a big step for me to come down to England but I just felt it was the right place to come, the chairman the set up at the club, the potential here it's a great opportunity for me... First and foremost the chairman, the stability he's given the ex-managers the support he's given them, the infrastructure that's here, the opportunity that's here. I had a great start at Hearts and I think I'm now ready to make the next step and I think this is the right place for me at the right time."

– Robbie Nielson

You can watch his press conference below

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MK Dons confirm Neilson appointment

Robbie Neilson is the new MK Dons manager. Credit: PA

MK Dons have officially appointed Hearts boss Robbie Neilson as their new manager.

The 36-year-old takes over from Karl Robinson who left stadium:mk last month.

A compensation deal between the two clubs was agreed last night, and Neilson as well as assistant Stevie Crawford have now finalised personal terms.

The Scot takes over a Dons side currently sitting 19th in League One, and leaves Hearts 2nd in the SPL.

Caretaker boss Richie Barker will take charge of tomorrow's FA Cup game at Charlton, before Neilson is unveiled to the media on Monday.

It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to developing the club, developing the players and moving the club forward.

The most important thing for me was picking the right chairman and the right club and this was the right match at the right time –it’s a Club that’s going places.

Hopefully the fans are ready for the ride. We want to create excitement but, most importantly, win football matches. With the squad that we’ve got here, we should be winning football matches – our job is to help them do that.

– Robbie Neilson, MK Dons manager


New F1 world champion Rosberg announces retirement

Rosberg has retired from Formula One. Credit: PA

New Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has sensationally quit the sport with immediate effect.

The German driver, who races for Brackley-based Mercedes, has decided to call time on his career after achieving his dream of winning the world championship on Sunday.

Many people had been looking forward to seeing Rosberg renew his rivalry with Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton next season, but that now won't be the case.

Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion.

Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target.And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.

My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

– Nico Rosberg

MK Dons agree deal for Neilson to become new boss

Robbie Neilson will become the new MK Dons manager. Credit: PA

MK Dons have agreed a deal with Hearts for Robbie Neilson to become their new manager.

A compensation package between the two clubs was struck last night, and Neilson himself has agreed personal terms.

It's expected he will travel down to Milton Keynes today to finalise the move where he will be joined by assistant boss Stevie Crawford.

Neilson leaves a Hearts side that are second in the SPL, while the Dons are currently 19th in League One.

Ann Budge, the Board of Directors and everyone at Heart of Midlothian Football Club would like to sincerely thank Robbie and Stevie for the enormous part they have played in helping to re-establish the club in the upper echelons of Scottish football.

The record-breaking 2014-15 Championship-winning season, which secured our promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking, will long live in the memory of Hearts supporters, as will the highly impressive third-place finish and the return to European football which was achieved the following season.

They leave us in an enviable position, sitting second in the Premiership table with a healthy playing squad, rich with talent and promise. We wish them every success in their new challenge with Milton Keynes Dons FC.

– Hearts statement

Cycling sisters selected for 'podium programme'

Hannah Barnes has been selected. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire sisters Hannah and Alice Barnes will both benefit from top level funding next year.

They've been selected for British Cycling's 'podium programme' as part of the women's road squad.

Unsurprisingly, Hertfordshire's four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny - formerly Laura Trott of course - has also been picked for the track endurance team.

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