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INTERVIEW: Coley knows to beware new manager bounce

Stanley boss talks MK Dons, contract and recent form

19 October 2023


INTERVIEW: Coley knows to beware new manager bounce

Stanley boss talks MK Dons, contract and recent form

19 October 2023

John Coleman knows he has to beware the new manager bounce when MK Dons visit the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

16th-placed MK Dons, relegated from League One with Stanley last season, sacked Graham Alexander this week and have appointed former Gateshead boss Mike Williamson as their new Head Coach.

They have failed to win any of their last eight games after topping the table at the end of August.

"Robbie Elliot was his (Mike Williamson's) assistant at Gateshead and he has good credentials, he knows the game and I wish him all the best, just not on Saturday," said Coleman.

"You accept it will be something different, their players will be hearing a different voice and it often has the desired effect.

"But we have to play the way we know we can and we have got to improve in areas. We passed the ball well at times at Grimsby on Saturday but we know we can pass it better.

"We are still playing with younger players - we will show them, advise them, lead them down a decision-making process and hope they make the right decisions on Saturday."

Coleman has spoken about his contract situation with the management team out of contract at the end of the season.

"We are all on the same page. All of us - myself, Andy Holt, Jimmy Bell and John Doolan - we all agreed we had to avoid what has happened to a lot of teams where they have one relegation and they can’t get off the slippery slope.

"The first mission this season is to stay up. That's not the sum total of our ambitions but we have to get the main objective over the line and then we want to be ambitious.

"We feel like we can have another go but we have to steady the ship first, that's our prime objective.

"When you love football the primary focus is playing a game on Saturday. Our mission is to keep this club, which has now become a really good club - not that it ever wasn't - but with the facilities we have, is to keep this club in the league and after that grow the club and hopefully have another tilt at League One and then who knows where it might take you."

The Reds are unbeaten in four games and are in ninth place in League Two - they won the League Two title in 2018.

"We have had a couple of decent wins. If I am truthful I am still not happy with the way we have been playing this season," added Coleman.

"We have so many young players who are still learning our style of play so I haven't got carried away with the wins as I haven't got too downhearted about defeats.

"You have got to have a level head in this game.

"The key is winning games, try and stay in top half and be in with a chance of promotion come the end of the season."

Seamus Conneely played some of a bounce game against Blackburn Rovers midweek as he continues his comeback from injury but Liam Coyle, Toby Savin, Seb Quirk and Sean McConville are still out.

The full pre-match interview video with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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