The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Paul Ed­di­son

ROB­BIE Neil­son has urged sup­port­ers to pre­pare for an ex­cit­ing jour­ney af­ter tak­ing the man­age­rial reins at MK Dons.

The League One strug­glers had been seek­ing a new boss since Karl Robin­son was axed in late Oc­to­ber. Liver­pool leg­end Steven Ger­rard was linked with the post, but de­cided it came ‘a bit too soon’ for him af­ter leav­ing LA Galaxy.

And now the Dons have ap­pointed Neil­son, who en­joyed a highly suc­cess­ful spell as man­ager of Hearts.

He led the Jam Tarts to the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in his first sea­son in charge, 2014-15, and third place in the top flight last term. He signed off with a 2-0 win against Rangers in mid­week that lifted them to sec­ond.

The 36-year-old said: “The most im­por­tant thing for for me was pick­ing the right chair­man and the right club – and this was the right match at the right time. It’s a club that’s go­ing places. Hope­fully the fans are ready for the ride.”

Neil­son was due to take a watch­ing brief against Charl­ton in the FA Cup yes­ter­day. His first game in charge will be at Yeovil in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy on Tues­day. His first home game will be Satur­day’s League One clash against arch- ri­vals AFC Wim­ble­don.

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