CRUNCH TIME FOR ARD­LEY AT DONS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

NEAL Ard­ley has hinted he may step away from AFC Wim­ble­don if he fails to im­prove on his side’s league po­si­tion.

Be­fore this week­end’s fix­tures, the Dons sat 14th in League Two, one place above where they fin­ished last term.

That mod­est po­si­tion does rep­re­sent progress of sorts – Wim­ble­don were seven places lower when Ard­ley, 43, took the job in Oc­to­ber 2012.

The former Wim­ble­don player went on to help them se­cure their Foot­ball League sta­tus on the last day of the 2012/13 sea­son, and took them to 20th in League Two the sea­son af­ter.

But the 43-year-old ad­mit­ted the growth made by his side so far in his reign is not up to the stan­dards he would have ex­pected when he first took over.

“I’m a mas­sive fan and I have a lot of his­tory with this club,” Ard­ley said.

“I am de­lighted I’m here, but by the end of the sea­son I need to bring ex­cite­ment to the other end of the ta­ble.

“The league po­si­tion tells you we haven’t made progress, but we’ve got a bet­ter team and a bet­ter in­fras­truc­ture.

“But if I haven’t brought suc­cess, I prob­a­bly haven’t done well enough.”

DE­TER­MINED: Neal Ard­ley

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