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League One

Richie Barker lands permanent role

21 May 2014

Milton Keynes Dons have appointed Richie Barker as the club's new head of coaching on a permanent basis.

Former Bury, Crawley Town and Portsmouth manager Barker was brought in to support boss Dons boss Karl Robinson for the final six games of this season after Gary Waddock left to take charge of Oxford.

The 38-year-old told the Dons' official website : "I'm very pleased. Once we sat down and had the discussion, it didn't take very long to be honest. I enjoyed my initial six weeks, which I thought I would anyway, but I did even more than I thought I would.

"We've almost run out of football on TV now and I always know you are ready to come back to work when you're bored - I got bored about 10 days ago! I'm ready to start again now."

Dons' executive director Andrew Cullen added: "We're delighted to have secured Richie's services on a permanent basis.

"He is somebody Karl wants as part of his backroom team and Richie fits in perfectly with the Club's ethos and ambition.

"He is a very talented coach who has experience of both playing and managing at this level and we're excited to see him continue his work with the first-team and the younger players to help drive the football club forward."

Barker guided Bury to promotion to League One in 2011 before an 18-month spell at Crawley, who he took to a 10th-placed finish during the 2012/13 campaign.

He was appointed manager of League Two side Portsmouth in December 2013 but left after just three months in Hampshire before joining up with Robinson in Milton Keynes.

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