Who is the new MK Dons boss Dan Micciche?

by Jack Kitson / 23 January 2018, 11:35

MK Dons have named Dan Micciche as Robbie Neilson’s replacement in the dugout.

Neilson was sacked on Saturday in the aftermath of the club’s 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Northampton, a result which saw the Dons┬áslip into the League One relegation zone.

Mark Warburton, Simon Grayson and former boss Karl Robinson all emerged as early contenders in the betting, however come Monday it was Micciche who topped the market.

And now, on Tuesday morning, Micciche has put pen to paper and become the club’s ninth permanent manager since they were founded in 2004. He’s also brought in Keith Millen as his assistant, while Dean Lewington makes a welcome return to the fold as player-coach.

A delighted Micciche said:

“I’m so proud to be named manager of MK Dons. This Club has done so much for me and we had such good success together during my first spell. Milton Keynes is also my home – I’m living in the area and my kids have been brought up here too.”

Who is Dan Micciche?

MK Dons fans will be familiar with their new boss, who was previously the club’s Head of Academy Coaching, where he mentored a certain Dele Alli. He went on to work with the FA as a Coach and Development Technical Lead, while he was most recently the manager of England Under-16s - a post he held until last month.

Caretaker Pete Winkleman on his decision to appoint Micciche who takes up his first permanent position in management:

“Given the serious situation we currently find ourselves in, we carefully considered all the different options available to us and, in the end, selected Dan Micciche - someone who has already played a part in shaping the core values of Football Club; is one of the most exciting young coaches in the country; and shares our belief that Milton Keynes Dons can, one day, become a Premier League football club.”

What style of play will he employ?

MK Dons may be in big trouble down in 21st in the table - one point adrift of safety - but Micciche has stated that he is keen to entertain, and mould together an “attacking, creative and expressive football team”. But he also went on to stress the need for tactical discipline as he bids to lead his new troops away from danger.

Can he keep MK Dons in League One?

Micciche's first game at the helm is at home to League Two Coventry City on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round. While the club’s priority will be staying in League One, a winning start in the cup could do them wonders, and they will feel they have an excellent chance of progressing through to the fifth round of the competition for only the second time in their history.

Micciche’s debut league game is on Saturday 3rd March away to Walsall, who are currently three points above them in 16th. This is followed by a visit to fellow strugglers Rochdale, then Portsmouth and Oldham.

Micciche may have no managerial experience to speak of at this level, but he’s been described as one of the most exciting young coaches in England, while his decision to bring in former Bristol City manager Millen as his assistant is a shrewd move.

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