GRAHAM WEST­LEY

The for­mer Steve­nage boss salutes MK Dons boss Karl Robin­son

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - Graham West­ley

KARL Robin­son won a mar­vel­lous pro­mo­tion with MK Dons last sea­son. It was done in supreme style play­ing ex­pan­sive pass­ing football and scor­ing goals aplenty. It was richly de­served and his rep­u­ta­tion grows con­stantly.

Pre­vi­ously, I had crit­i­cised Karl in this col­umn, and I sub­se­quently said that we ex­changed tele­phone words be­fore shak­ing hands and lay­ing things to rest. As men do, we left things be­hind and have en­joyed a good re­la­tion­ship since then.

This week I will be vis­it­ing him to learn all about his win­ning for­mula, to gain an in­sight into his meth­ods and to ex­change ideas. Such is the re­spect be­tween man­agers nowa­days.

Shar­ing

There is a true gen­tle­manly ap­proach to help­ing each other even though we will all be in com­pe­ti­tion from time to time.

Shar­ing knowl­edge and best prac­tices be­tween our­selves can only strengthen us all and, in the end, that is a huge pos­i­tive for the English game.

Karl has started well in the Cham­pi­onship and is des­tined for great things. I have to say that he greatly de­serves them.

I have worked with some very ca­pa­ble and highly ded­i­cated men, play­ers and staff in my time in football – 800-odd games as a man­ager sees to that. One of those men is Dino Maam­ria who has served me bril­liantly as both a player and a coach. His rep­u­ta­tion as a player was one of be­ing feared in Non-League football as a fe­ro­cious com­peti­tor. But Dino was much bet­ter than just a work­man­like player.

Pas­sion

He was a clever player with a strong eye for goal and a pas­sion for win­ning. Which is why I chose to ap­point him as a player coach and sub­se­quently as my first team coach. We’ve oc­cu­pied many a suc­cess­ful dugout to­gether and shared many learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to­gether. He is a tremen­dously loyal and hard-work­ing man, cur­rently com­plet­ing his Pro Li­cence to add to his now vast ex­pe­ri­ence.

It has as­ton­ished me that he hasn’t been snapped up by a club since we left Steve­nage back in May. With the re­ported dearth of coach­ing re­sources in Eng­land, it doesn’t add up to me that a man with so much to give is sit­ting on the side­lines.

He needs to be work­ing and he ought to be work­ing.

Football League take note.

.... AND DINO IS DUE BIG BREAK

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

ONE TO WATCH: Karl Robin­son is ‘des­tined for great things’ and, inset, the loyal Dino Maam­ria at Steve­nage

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