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David Oldfield: MK Dons appoint man credited with developing West Brom's young stars

David Oldfield has played a key role in Saido Berahino's development. Credit: PA

MK Dons have appointed David Oldfield as their new Head of Academy Coaching.

The 46-year-old has left Premier League club West Bromwich Albion to take up the role.

During his three years with the Baggies, Oldfield has helped to develop players such as Saido Berahino and George Thorne.

"We’re delighted to have secured the signature of someone of his stature,” Executive Director Andrew Cullen told the club's official wesbite.

“It’s a role we have been doing due diligence on and it’s an appointment which took time as we wanted to find an outstanding candidate with strong credentials - David fits the bill perfectly."

Former MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson sad to be leaving the club

Stephen Gleeson says that he is sad to be leaving MK Dons. Credit: PA

Former MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson says that he is sad to be leaving the club, but admits that the chance to step up to The Championship was too good to turn down.

The Irishman completed a move to Birmingham City earlier this week.

He made over 200 appearances for the Dons during his time at Stadium MK.

"It’s been a really difficult three weeks," Gleeson told the club's official website.

"I do have mixed emotions because on one hand I’m so excited about the challenge ahead but on the other hand I’m really sad leaving a club that, for the last five years, has been a home.

“Three out of the last four seasons I’ve turned down opportunities to leave but this one, at this point in time, felt right.

"This is an opportunity, to play in the Championship, I couldn’t turn down. I really wanted to do it with Milton Keynes but this year it was right to move on.”


Stephen Gleeson ends five year stay at MK Dons

Stephen Gleeson Credit: PA

MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson has joined Championship side Birmingham City.

The Irish star left Dons on a free transfer and joins the Blues on a two-year-deal.

Speaking to the club website manager Karl Robinson said: “I’m gutted he’s gone. We did everything to try and keep him, but he wanted to play in the Championship, which is where we all want to be.

MK Dons release Alan Smith and Izale McLeod

Izale Mcleod Credit: PA

Strikers Alan Smith and Izale McLeod have been released by MK Dons.

McLeod is the Dons all time record goal scorer, but manager Karl Robison decided not to exercise a one year extension option.

Former Leeds star Smith,will leave the club on June 30th. Ryan Hall has also been released.

Alan Smith Credit: PA

Reports: Premier League giants plan summer move for MK Dons youngster Dele Alli

Dele Alli (right) is said to be attracting interest from some of the Premier League's biggest clubs. Credit: PA

MK Dons could face a battle to keep hold of highly-rated youngster Dele Alli this summer, with several Premier League giants reportedly considering a move.

The 18-year-old is attracting interest from Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool according to The Daily Mirror and The Daily Express.

Alli is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the country, and made over 30 appearances for the Dons first team last season.

MK Dons to take no further action over Ji Dong Won ineligibility

Former Sunderland striker Ji Dong Won in action against MK Dons earlier this season.

MK Dons say that they will not be taking further action over news that Sunderland fielded an ineligible player against them in the Capital One Cup clash between the two sides earlier in the season.

Striker Ji Dong Won, who has since joined Augsburg in the Bundesliga and has agreed to sign for Borussia Dortmund in the summer, hadn't received international clearance to play.

The Dons were only made aware of the breach last night, while the Football League first heard about it in late November.

In a statement on the club's official website, MK Dons said:

"By the time the Football League were aware of the player’s ineligibility, Sunderland had already progressed to the fifth round of the Capital One Cup.

"The club acknowledges that the Football League board dealt with the situation as they saw fit and will not be pursuing the matter further."


MK Dons dealt Ben Reeves injury blow

Ben Reeves will miss the rest of the season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have been dealt a blow with the news that key midfielder Ben Reeves will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Reeves, who earned his first call-up to the Northern Ireland squad in February, has been a regular in the Dons side since signing from Southampton last summer and is the club's top scorer.

"I’m gutted to lose Reevesy because he’s been one of our players of the season," manager Karl Robinson told the club's official website.

"He is a great guy and a great player, as we’ve all seen this season through his goals, assists and performances.

“Knowing Reevesy like I do, I’m confident he’ll come back even stronger from this and hopefully he can pick up where he left off at the start of next season. I know he’ll work around the clock with our medical team to get right.”

Everton youngster Matthew Kennedy heads to MK Dons on loan

MK Dons have agreed to loan Everton's Matthew Kennedy. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the loan signing of young Everton winger Matthew Kennedy on a deal until the end of the season.

The Scot previously played for Tranmere Rovers earlier in the campaign.

19-year-old Kennedy started his career at Kilmarnock before signing for Everton back in 2012.

“He’s someone we’ve watched throughout the season in the U21s at Everton and he’ll bring pace, trickery and excitement," manager Karl Robinson told the club's official website.

“He did very well for Tranmere earlier this season and he is highly thought of by Roberto Martinez and the coaches at Everton. I’d like to thank Roberto and Everton for allowing us to get this deal done and I look forward to working with him.”

Former Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall joins MK Dons

Mark Randall. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed former Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall on a deal until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has been without a club since leaving Italian club Ascoli.

Randall is no stranger to Stadium:MK after enjoying a loan spell with the Dons back in 2010.

He was also born in the town.

“It’s taken longer to get over the line than we would have liked," manager Karl Robinson told the club's official website.

“I’m now looking forward to having Mark available to select. He’s from MK, he’s a talented footballer and he suits our style."

MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves handed first Northern Ireland call-up

Ben Reeves has been in fine form for MK Dons this season. Credit: PA

MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for the first time for their friendly with Cyprus next week.

The 22-year-old has been in fine form for the Dons this season, hitting 10 goals in 30 appearances.

Former Southend United loanee Reeves is the only uncapped player selected by manager Michael O'Neill.

Northern Ireland squad to face Cyprus:

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Olympiakos), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Falkrik)

Defenders: Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Rory McArdle (Bradford City), Ryan McGivern (Hibernian), Craig Cathcart (Blackpool), Alex Bruce (Hull City)

Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town), Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City), Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Paddy McCourt (Barnsley), Ben Reeves (MK Dons)

Strikers: Billy McKay (Inverness C T), Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town), Jamie Ward (Derby County), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Dean Shiels (Rangers), Kyle Lafferty (Palermo)

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