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Glyn’s journey: From Mitcham Royals to reviving The Dons

An extensive interview with our Assistant Manager

30 January 2019

Glyn Hodges talked about his long road back to Wimbledon and his first two months as Assistant Manager here in an interview with our Vice President Iain McNay.

Since his playing days, which started as a youngster at Mitcham Royals, before joining Wimbledon, Glyn’s coaching career has taken him to Barnsley, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, and Stoke City.

Glyn was quick to grasp the opportunity with both hands when Wimbledon came calling, heading down south again after being based up north.

“It’s great to be back, I’m loving it,” said Glyn. “I am loving the role. The players have been great and so too have the staff. Everything about it. This came out of the blue. I spoke to Wally in India and I knew he was in the for the job, but I was surprised when this came about.

“It’s a long way from home and I’m not sure I would have gone to another club. Once Wimbledon came calling and Wally offered me the opportunity, it was a ‘yes’ straight away. It wasn’t even a case of ‘let me think about it’.

“When we think about AFC Wimbledon or the old Wimbledon, there has to be an identity, so that we say ‘this is what we’re about’. We’ve got to try and get it back and I don’t think we are too far away. The players have responded and everyone is giving their best in training every day. We have a big squad so some are going to be disappointed, but they are not showing that. We’ve shown signs of improvement and of the boys buying into what we want them to do. We all want to get out of that bottom four, but we are ticking along nicely, so we have to keep gathering and keep gathering. What we are asking of the players, they are doing and we’re getting some great results.”

During the extensive interview for cherryred.tv, Glyn also discussed his early career, Wimbledon’s success in the 1980s, and about bringing young players through the ranks.

Click on the link below to watch the interview.


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