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Bobby's praise for Neal

11 November 2013

FA Cup-winning manager on AFC Wimbledon

is doing at AFC Wimbledon during an exclusive interview before Friday’s FA Cup tie against Coventry City.Neal Ardley praised the job that Bobby Gould

Wimbledon’s FA Cup winning manager left the Dons in 1990 when Neal was making his way through the ranks at the club and he has watched his progress with interest ever since.

During an interview with Rob Cornell ahead of the Wimbledon versus Coventry tie, a match when he was special guest at the club, Bobby said: “Neal was a quiet young man, who was very dedicated, and he wanted to know a lot about the game. Neal has gone away after finishing as a player and become a great student of the game. That is embellished with his management style at the moment.

“Both Coventry and Wimbledon are rebuilding with two young managers. Steven Pressley is brilliant and a true football person, just like Neal. Hopefully, they can bed things down and get these two clubs up the leagues where they deserve to be.”

 .Your AFC WimbledonThe full interview with Bobby can now be viewed on our YouTube site by clicking on 

Bobby also spoke about the glory days with Wimbledon and how his backroom staff provided the key to success.

as my assistant we had a perfect backroom staff. I asked Brian Clough when I was a young up-and-coming manager at Bristol Rovers in 1981 for advice and he said that you had to make sure your backroom staff is right. It took me seven years from 1981 until 1988 to get that in place and when I did that we won the FA Cup at Wimbledon.”Don Howe in the youth department and Terry Burton“We went and found players and brought them into the football club. They matured with us and got better technically. With

Bobby, who managed both Wimbledon and Coventry, was co-commentator for the televised match on BT Sport, and he is pictured above with Jake Humphrey and David James.


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