MILLEN’S GOT THE CHANCE TO STAKE MKCLAIM

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Tal­bot-Smith

MK DONS chair­man Pete Winkel­man says Keith Millen could put him­self in the frame for the per­ma­nent po­si­tion as man­ager if they can fin­ish the sea­son on a high.

Their relegation to League Two was all but guar­an­teed be­fore the week­end af­ter a dis­as­trous sea­son in which Robbie Neil­son and Dan Mic­ci­che came and went as man­ager.

The lat­ter lasted just 16 games at the helm be­fore get­ting the boot – an ap­point­ment that Winkel­man con­cedes was a failed gam­ble.

It means that Millen – who was the 38-year-old Mic­ci­che’s as­sis­tant – has stepped up to the top job as the Dons look to re­store some pride.

And, while Winkel­man is not su­gar-coat­ing what has been a hor­ren­dous cam­paign, there might be some con­so­la­tion.

“I want to apol­o­gise to our sup­port­ers and the city of Mil­ton Keynes – this is not what we ex­pect,” Winkel­man said.

“I thought go­ing down from the Cham­pi­onship was bad. To be in this po­si­tion is just un­think­able.

“None of us planned or ex­pected to be here. It is prob­a­bly the worst thing that has ever hap­pened.”

Millen, 51, has been a care­taker boss at Crys­tal Palace on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, as well as tak­ing charge of Bris­tol City.

“If you were go­ing to get a care­taker, you’d get Keith,” added Winkel­man. “Let’s go down fight­ing.

“I’ve had to go to him and tell him what we did with Dan and I asked him whether he wanted the job for the last three games or whether he wanted to avoid it.

“He im­me­di­ately stepped up and told me just to worry about what I need to do. That’s Keith Millen, he has been like that the whole way through.”

Af­ter their hor­ror cam­paign, the club have can­celled awards for first team play­ers at their awards night on Tues­day.

HOT­SEAT: Keith Millen

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