MK Dons are on the lookout for a new manager following the departure of Russell Martin to Swansea City on 1st August. The 35-year-old Brighton born former Scotland international defender managed the Dons 80 times, winning 30, drawing 19 and losing 31, leaving him with a win percentage of 37.5%.
Next Permanent MK Dons Manager Odds
Next Permanent MK Dons Manager Odds
Jody Morris Odds: 6/4
The bookmakers’ favourite is former Chelsea and Leeds United midfielder Jody Morris.
The 42-year-old coach has previously worked as Chelsea Under-18s manager where he won The FA Youth Cup twice, as well as the Under-18 Premier League twice and the Under-18 Premier Cup. Since his time as a youth coach at Stamford Bridge, Morris has also been assistant manager to Frank Lampard at both Derby County and Chelsea, but, left the Blues when Lampard was sacked back in January.
MK have a history of giving those that are aspiring managers their break, as they have given the likes of Roberto Di Matteo, Karl Robinson and Russell Martin their first chances at management, so, there is every chance that this could be Morris’ chance to delve into the hot seat at a senior level.
John Terry Odds: 5/1
Morris’ former Chelsea teammate John Terry comes next on this list of candidates that have been linked to the vacant managerial role at Stadium MK.
The 40-year-old recently left Aston Villa as assistant manager following three years at Villa Park where he plied his trade as a coach after his retirement from playing in 2018. In his time as assistant manager of Villa, Terry worked closely to manager Dean Smith and experienced coaches such as Craig Shakespeare, previously manager of Leicester City in a spell that would’ve been very beneficial to any future managerial experience the former Chelsea captain pursues.
As mentioned above, MK are known for giving new upcoming managers a chance and if Terry shows the leadership skills he demonstrated in his playing days as Chelsea and England captain, then he will more than likely succeed in the world of management.
Dean Lewington Odds: 6/1
MK Dons legend and record appearance maker Dean Lewington has been names as interim manager of the club until a replacement is sorted out for Martin.
Lewington is the only survivor from the club’s controversial move from Wimbledon in 2004 when they formed MK and has made 695 league appearances for the club at left-back and centre-back. Lewington is now 37-year-old so is ideally due to start a coaching career due to his age, although he did make 43 appearances for the club in League One last season so may feel as though his playing days aren’t over yet.
As stated above, MK are always happy to give manager’s their first chances in a senior job if they are the right candidate, of which they may feel that Lewington is due to his legendary status and knowledge of the club.
Alex Revell Odds: 8/1
Another former MK player in the shape of Alex Revell has been linked with a move to Stadium MK as the club’s next permanent manager.
The 38-year-old only finished playing in 2020 at Stevenage, but, took on the managerial job at Broadhall Way and has done relatively well to consolidate the club’s status in League Two since taking charge in February 2020, considering that they have been one of the favourites to be relegated throughout his time at the club.
A move to the Dons could be an ideal step up for a manager like Revell, as it would give him the opportunity to work with a better quality of player and test his skills out at a higher level with a squad that will be aiming to challenge for the playoff places in League One.
Mark Bonner Odds: 10/1
The final manager on this list of those linked to the vacant managerial role at MK is Mark Bonner.
Bonner is only 35-years-old and is relatively inexperienced as a manager, but, in his first full season at the hot seat of Cambridge United, he has shown that he has what it takes to become one of the best English managers in the country, having earned them promotion as runners-up of League Two with 80 points from 46 matches.
The opportunity to become manager of the Dons could be too good to turn down, as his current side have been tipped as one of the favourites for relegation from League One due to the shock departure of talismanic striker Paul Mullin to National League club Wrexham. Bonner has managed 61 games in total with a win percentage of 52.36%, showing that he would be more than capable of doing a good job at Stadium MK.
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