MK Dons have unveiled former academy boss and England U16 manager Dan Micciche as their new manager.
The 38-year-old was confirmed earlier today (23/01) as the replacement for Robbie Neilson, who left his post on Saturday with the club 21st in League One.
Micciche will take the head of a new look set-up at the Dons, where he will be joined by former Bristol City manager and Crystal Palace assistant Keith Millen. Full-back Dean Lewington has also been installed in a player-coach role.
The Dons’ new manager was the club’s academy boss until 2013, having overseen the development of players such as Dele Alli, Sheyi Ojo and Brendan Galloway. He then took up a post in the England set-up, which included a spell in charge of the England U16 and U15 teams before departing in December. Along the way, Micciche also coached players that were involved in the U17 team’s World Cup win last autumn.
He told the official MK Dons website, “I’m so proud to be named manager of MK Dons. This Club has done so much for me and we had such good success together during my first spell. Milton Keynes is also my home – I’m living in the area and my kids have been brought up here too.
“It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours but we’ve got a lot of work to do now. I understand the position we are in – it is not the position we want to be in – so first and foremost, our priority is to make sure we bring some confidence and belief back to this squad so we can begin climbing that league table.”
Millen will take over duties as his assistant. The 51-year old has previously been an assistant at Crystal Palace to Ian Holloway, Tony Pulis, Neil Warnock and Alan Pardew, and taking caretaker charge of 3 occasions. He also played over 500 times as player, previously managed Bristol City, and has had recent stints with coaching roles at Spurs and Portsmouth.
A coaching role will also allow Lewington into the fold, after the Dons’ long-standing full-back had been frozen out earlier in the season. The full-back played for MK Dons’ U23 team against Forest Green Rovers yesterday. (22/01)
Pete Winkelman added, “Given the serious situation we currently find ourselves in, we carefully considered all the different options available to us and, in the end, selected Dan Micciche – someone who has already played a part in shaping the core values of Football Club; is one of the most exciting young coaches in the country; and shares our belief that Milton Keynes Dons can, one day, become a Premier League football club.
“Dan is a man with a plan and part of that plan is the introduction of Keith Millen into the management team, bringing to the Club a wealth of experience as a player, coach and manager, having worked at the very highest level with some of the best English managers in the game. He has also picked up important knowledge of Sky Bet League One following his recent work at Portsmouth.
“Finally, I’m really pleased to welcome back club captain and legend Dean Lewington, who will take on a newly-introduced role of player-coach. Dean’s commitment, experience and genuine passion for the Football Club will be invaluable to us as we look to turn our fortunes around and get back heading in the right direction.”