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Dons chief: Robinson top young boss

MK DONS chairman Pete Winkelman believes they have the best young manager in the English Football League in Karl Robinson.

The 32-year-old was a surprise appointment to the Milton Keynes helm in 2010 but his stock has risen considerably in that period.

Robinson has been linked to a number of other clubs as a result and Blackpool made an approach for him earlier this month. That move was blocked after talks with Winkelman, whose persuasive work paid dividends on Saturday as the League One promotion hopefuls secured the most famous victory in their short history -- a 4-2 FA Cup fourth-round win at QPR to set up a fifth-round clash with Barnsley.

"I am very pleased for Karl," the Dons chairman said.

"You don't often get that much loyalty in football but he has shown the club a lot of loyalty in recent weeks and the players have just gone and thanked him on the pitch.

"There will be (more) offers because he is the best young manager in the Football League.

"We can see the way he gets his teams playing and we're proud of what we're achieving."

After the game, Winkelman spoke of a bright future for MK Dons -- a club whose formation remains controversial.

The Dons chairman still gets a lot of grief for relocating and rebranding what was Wimbledon, but admits results like Saturday's makes up for the stick.

"I am prepared to take the stick -- I know what I did," Winkelman said. "I am very proud of what we are going to achieve as a football club."