Written by Connor Lawson
Today (23rd October), Milton Keynes Dons announced that the club and long-serving manager Karl Robinson have parted company.
It comes after a poor start to the League One season has left MK Dons in 19th position in the league table. His last game was a hugely disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Southend.
The amount of fans calling for his departure has grown over time as a result of the awful start to the season, and the fact that Karl Robinson and MK Dons haven’t won a home game in almost eight months.
The club announced the news on their Twitter at around 5pm today.
The news has gone down differently amongst many MK Dons fans, some wanted him to stay, whilst others argue the time was right. However, nearly all of the fans are still sad with how it ended up.
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Robinson served the club for seven-and-a-half years as assistant manager and as manager. He was appointed boss in 2010, and with that was the youngest football league manager at the time.
During his time, he achieved back-to-back play-off campaigns, before getting the club promoted to the Championship for the first time in their short history.
Of course, he also managed the side in their memorable victory over Manchester United in 2014.
He also had some lows, the main one being relegation from the Championship last season, and the current season will also go down as a low point in the Karl Robinson era.
Until he was sacked, he was the third longest serving manager in England behind Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale.
He also played a huge role in the development of young players such as Dele Alli, Brendan Galloway, Sam Baldock, Patrick Bamford and Benik Afobe.
Perhaps most importantly, he always had time for the fans and the local community. He really got involved with the people of Milton Keynes and the town itself.
He was a passionate man, he loved the club and you could tell. After every defeat he was audibly and visibly gutted, and after every win he was elated.
He was more like a fan than a manager, and the fans loved him for it.
Despite his flaws of having digs at referees, and occasionally landing himself in trouble after a controversial comment, it made him even more likeable, he wanted the best for the club.
I have no doubt that he will be gutted tonight, but I imagine he will be somewhat relieved, a huge weight has been lifted from his shoulders.
The man created memories that MK Dons fans will take to the grave, and for that, they are grateful as ever.
No one will ever replace the passion within Robinson. Not one manager who comes to MK Dons will ever love the club as much as Robbo did.
Of course, attention now turns to who is next in line for the job. Richie Barker is taking temporary charge of the club, but bookies are backing Steve Evans and Steve Cotterill as front runners. Former MK Dons manager Roberto Di Matteo and Paul Ince are also on the list, as is academy manager Mike Dove. Ryan Giggs is also on the list, as is father of Dean, Ray Lewington.
MK Dons fans seem to want Steve Evans according to our Twitter, but Steve Cotterill also seems a popular option.
They will hope to have a manager in place by their FA Cup tie with Spennymoor Town at the latest, but they still have a week before their away fixture at Sheffield United to bring in a new man.
But it is the end of the Karl Robinson era at Milton Keynes Dons, and there is no doubt he will move on to another Football League club soon.
For MK Dons, they now need to justify getting rid of Robinson with some results on the pitch, or Pete Winkelman could be at the forefront of some hatred from MK supporters.
Personally, I think it was the right thing to do, but I am still gutted by how it ended. Robinson is a fantastic bloke, and, having met him a few times, he is always talkative and appreciative of the fans. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have had to get to this point, but football is a cruel game. He contributed huge amounts, and remained loyal to us. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and I wish the man the best of luck in the future, as I am sure another Football League club will snap him up.
MK Dons fans, is this the right decision? Let us know in the comments below!