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Milton Keynes Dons: Karl Robinson's “immense contribution”

24 October 2016

The Karl Robinson era at Milton Keynes Dons is over.

The club parted company with Robinson, who was the second-longest serving EFL manager, following the 3-0 home defeat to Southend United, with the Dons sitting 19th in Sky Bet League One.

The latest loss extended their winless run at stadiummk – they've failed to win there since 5th March – and it led to Robinson's departure, bringing an end to an ultimately successful six-and-a-half year tenure.

Read more: Milton Keynes Dons – club statement

Previously a first-team coach and then assistant, Robinson was elevated into the managerial position at the age of 29, becoming the EFL's youngest ever boss.

Two unsuccessful Play-Off campaigns followed but, in 2014/15, Liverpool-born Robinson guided the Dons to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time. It was a memorable campaign which included a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United in the EFL Cup, and which ended in the most dramatic of fashions.

MK were the ultimate entertainers, hitting 96 goals in their first 45 games. They still needed a final-day miracle, hoping Preston North End would slip up, while taking care of Yeovil Town.

That they did, as a 5-1 win over the Glovers saw them surpass the 100-goal milestone. The Lilywhites fell to defeat at Colchester United, and the celebrations could begin.

The 2014/15 season was also a breakthrough year for Dele Alli, named the League One Apprentice of the Year, and the England international was one of many youngsters to shine under the guidance and footballing philosophy of Robinson.

The Dons couldn't maintain their stay in the Sky Bet Championship and the 36-year-old has now bowed out, but there's no doubt that Karl Robinson will always be remembered for his positive contribution to the club.

Robinson's record:
Games – 346
Wins – 147
Draws – 81
Losses – 118

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