Five candidates to be the next MK Dons manager

Gabriel Sutton by Gabriel Sutton / 23 April 2018, 13:53

Dan Micciche's ill-fated 16-game tenure came to an end on Sunday, with the club beginning to prepare for life in League Two next season, even if relegation hasn't yet been mathematically confirmed.

Next MK Dons Manager Market

While Micciche had the club's best interests at heart, his regime shows that chairman Pete Winkelman should not make the mistake of appointing somebody with almost no experience of senior coaching. He and the board simply must get this next appointment right - here are our five contenders.

Uwe Rosler

Why he should get the job:

Uwe Rosler deserves credit for the development of raw young talent at Brentford, a skill that would come in handy at MK Dons. Players like midfielder Aidan Nesbitt, wing-back plus forwards Callum Brittain, Sam Nombe and Brandon Thomas-Asante are all willing runners and could develop into exciting players with some improvement on the technical side. Rosler has already worked with Lee Nicholls and Scott Wootton, often picking the latter at right-back over Sam Byram.

Why he shouldn’t:

Rosler’s belief in his possession principles can sometimes come at the cost of pragmatism; he has managed in some games that have got away from his side due to their reluctance to adopt a Plan B, something which ultimately cost him his job at Wigan and Fleetwood. MK Dons need a strong character and it remains to be seen whether Rosler has that in his managerial repertoire.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

Rosler could help polish the technical quality of a young, energetic MK Dons squad; if he wants the job, we think he should be near the top of the shortlist.

Keith Millen

Why he should get the job:

It’s just a hunch, but we at The Sack Race reckon MK Dons players will respond well to Keith Millen. In Dan Micciche’s final home game in charge - a 2-1 defeat to Doncaster - it was Millen who appeared to have more control on the sidelines. He passed out almost all the instructions in a calm but firm manner, a sign of somebody who has 13 years of coaching experience.

Millen is a respected figure in the game and in each of his three caretaker spells with Crystal Palace, he arguably laid the foundations for a successful second half of the season. There could well be a great manager in there.

Why he shouldn’t:

MK Dons have won only three of a possible 14 games since Millen arrived as assistant back in January. Relegation normally necessitates widespread change, some would argue against keeping on a man who has been part of a failed regime.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

We’d argue though that Millen has a greater understanding of the problems at the club than any of the other candidates - if he impresses as a number one in these final three games, then for us he’s worth a try.

John Sheridan

Why he should get the job:

Few managers become available after succeeding in a job but that is the case for John Sheridan, who leaves Fleetwood Town next month. He steered the Cod Army from 20th and outside the drop zone only on goal difference, to 15th and seven points clear, in the space of two months.

MK Dons have given away too many soft goals this season and in ‘Shez’s last 33 games in management, his sides have kept 16 clean sheets. The defensive discipline he instils makes him the go-to guy for any team that needs to revert to basics.

Why he shouldn’t:

Those 33 games have come across two short tenures in which Sheridan took over mid-season with his side in a relegation dogfight, which is the scenario in which his survivalist mentality tends to bear fruit.

When the former Sheffield Wednesday playing legend was given a blank slate at Notts County at the start of last season, he didn’t do the best of jobs. Not only is Sheridan’s conduct questionable, he coaches teams and manages individuals in a way that isn’t necessarily conducive to healthy long-term development: not ideal for MK Dons, who are working to alter perceptions of them from within the footballing community.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

If MK Dons are bottom of League Two at Christmas, Sheridan might be their man, but for now we reckon they should look elsewhere.

David Unsworth

Why he should get the job:

David Unsworth has great respect at Everton, where he not only achieved impressive results in charge of the Under-21s, he developed youngsters such as Kieran Dowell, Callum Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny good enough to pit their wits in the upper-echelons of the English game. The more exciting aspect of the MK Dons job is the young talent in situ, while it would be no bad thing to get some loan deals with Everton.

Why he shouldn’t:

It is yet to be seen how well Unsworth can coach senior pros: the 44-year-old didn’t quite get the results he wanted in his only job in management, where a high-quality Everton squad was unable to escape a relegation dogfight until Sam Allardyce’s appointment was confirmed. Unsworth also has family roots in Lancashire, which is why he has rarely stayed anywhere south of Merseyside for too long – would he want to change his lifestyle for a fourth-tier club?

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

Unsworth can certainly develop youth, but we’re not convinced this would be the right fit.

Grant McCann

Why he should get the job:

McCann was well-liked at Peterborough United, where his record stood at a respectable 1.43 points per game with a 40% win ratio. Significantly, he won’t be remembered as a failure at the ABAX, at least not to the extent that other managers who had taken charge during a similar period might be; and the 38-year-old has time on his side.

We can presume that McCann, having been based around Peterborough for the last eight years, will want to stay in a similar area with a young family and Milton Keynes might be an easy commute.

Why he shouldn’t:

As a Posh playing legend, McCann had battled with MK for promotion on numerous occasions. Rightly or wrongly, rivalries with the Dons tend to carry more emotional weight due to the club’s controversial history; that dynamic could be a challenging one for both parties to negotiate.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

McCann has shown enough potential at Peterborough to make him a bright young manager, but hasn’t had enough categorical success to make him unattainable: he could be a good option.

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