Former Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale takes charge of League Two rivals MK Dons

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 June 2018, 17:13

Paul Tisdale will begin life in a new home dugout next season for the first time in 12 years after he was named as the new MK Dons manager.

Matt Oakley and Mel Gwinnett have also joined him at the MK Dons as his assistant manager and first-team coach respectively.

Tisdale, who was the longest-serving manager in English football, left his position at Exeter City last Friday following the club’s heartbreaking League Two play-off final defeat - their second play-off final loss in as many seasons.

The Grecians have since handed coach Matt Taylor the job, and the rookie boss will now lock horns with former manager Tisdale next season, with the latter the third permanent MK Dons manager of 2018.

In a statement on mkdons.com, Tisdale said:

“When the owner contacted me we discussed the opportunity for a fresh approach, both on and off the pitch.

“We have a shared vision for the Club and want to build a unique environment and culture - one which will best enable the players to perform and become part of a winning football team.

“I am excited by the Club’s ambition and relish the challenge of guiding MK Dons to fulfil its undoubted potential.”

Tisdale, a Ted Baker ambassador, began his managerial career with Team Bath where he won four promotions.

He then went on to lead Exeter to back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One on a limited budget, and he’ll now be targeting promotion with new side MK Dons who will be bidding to bounce straight back up to the third-tier following their relegation last season, during which they axed both Robbie Neilson and Dan Micciche.

Tis is cool, calm and collected while his pragmatic approach to the game will be most welcomed at a club that have endured a torrid three years, during which they’ve suffered two relegations.

MK Dons have been installed as the 9/1 favourites to win League Two, while they can be backed at 5/4 to win promotion at the first time of asking.

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