World Cup mastermind named as new boss of MK Dons

Unveiled: the new Dons manager. Credit: MK Dons FC

Milton Keynes Dons have named their former Academy coach Dan Micciche as their new manager, after Robbie Nielson left the club at the weekend.

Former Bristol City chief Keith Millen becomes Assistant Manager while Long-serving player Dean Lewington will join him as player coach. He had been training with former boss Karl Robinson's Charlton side.

Micciche, comes fresh from his time with the The FA as a Coach and Development Technical Lead as well as the Manager of the England Under-16s side. During his time with at Football HQ the England youth teams won two world titles.

Micciche was also responsible for developing the likes of Dele Ali during his time in the academy set up at Stadium MK

Pete Winkelman told the club's website:

Dan is a man with a plan and part of that plan is the introduction of Keith Millen into the management team, bringing to the Club a wealth of experience as a player, coach and manager.

Finally, I’m really pleased to welcome back club captain and legend Dean Lewington, who will take on a newly-introduced role of player-coach. Dean’s commitment, experience and genuine passion for the Football Club will be invaluable to us as we look to turn our fortunes around and get back heading in the right direction.

– Pete Winkelman

Micciche said he was proud to follow the likes of Paul Ince, Roberto Di Matteo and Karl Robinson into the hot seat.

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours but we’ve got a lot of work to do now. I understand the position we are in – it is not the position we want to be in – so first and foremost, our priority is to make sure we bring some confidence and belief back to this squad so we can begin climbing that league table.

As a team, we want to entertain and we want to be an attacking, creative and expressive football team. We also want to be tactically disciplined and be clinical in both boxes. We’ve got good footballers here and it’s our job to bring that talent out over the coming weeks.

– Dan Micciche