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Lower league managers: Part 4 – The Championship

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Karl Robinson 

34 year old MK Dons manager Karl Robinson makes our list having just achieved promotion to the Championship for the first time in the clubs history.

As a player, Robinson spent his entire career playing in the depths of non-league, turning out for ten different clubs, including Marine and Warrington Town.

Then, at just 30, Robinson took his first step into management. Originally arriving at League One club MK Dons as assistant to Paul Ince, Robinson soon became the clubs new manager – becoming the youngest manager in the league.

In his first two seasons, Robinson led the Dons to consecutive play-off appearances after two 5th placed finishes, but lost to Peterborough and Huddersfield respectively. The following two seasons, the Dons just missed out from finishing in the playoffs after Robinson led the club to an 8th placed and a 10th placed finish.

But the following season (last season) was one for Robinson and MK Dons to remember. Aswell as beating Manchester United 4-0 in the cup, Robinson led the club to promotion to the Championship after finishing as runners-up in League One behind Bristol City.

At just 34 years old, Robinson has show fantastic potential as a manager, and if he can have a good season with the club in the Championship, we belive he could one day manage at a higher level.

Dougie Freedman eddie howe Gary Rowett Karl Robinson paul clement Simon Grayson

About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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