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AFC Wimbledon appoint Mark Robinson as new Head Coach

Mark first joined us as a coach back in 2004

17 February 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Robinson as Head Coach with immediate effect.

Mark has been Interim Manager since January 30 and will need no introduction to Wimbledon fans, having been with the Club since 2004. He holds a UEFA A coaching licence, and has served the Club as Head of Youth, Centre of Excellence Manager, Academy Manager, Lead Professional Phase Coach and Loan Manager, First Team Coach and, most recently, Interim Manager of the first team.

In his time here he has played a huge part in helping the likes of Will Nightingale, Anthony Hartigan, Paul Osew, Jack Rudoni and Paul Kalambayi progress to our first-team squad.

Commenting on the appointment, AFC Wimbledon CEO, Joe Palmer said: “It’s fair to say that, in his short time as Interim Manager, Mark has made a hugely positive impression on the players and staff. This impact, coupled with his determination and ability to bring about cultural change, gave Mark the edge over the other candidates and we are delighted to give him this chance to show us where he can take us.”

Dons Trust Co-Chair Xavier Wiggins added: “The process of recruiting our new manager was very thorough. We drew up a shortlist of potential candidates before inviting several to interview. The interview panel itself was made up of representatives from the FCB, internal and external football specialists and me - I was there to represent our members.

“It is huge credit to Mark that he was chosen from a strong shortlist of candidates, all of whom the interview panel would have every confidence in.”

Mark said: “Everyone knows how I feel about AFC Wimbledon and I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity at the club that is the greatest story in football; a club with a great heritage and the best supporters in the country.

“There is undoubtedly a lot of hard work to be done but when you look at the quality in the squad and the academy, alongside the good people we have in place in and around the club, if we can all pull together it makes me genuinely excited about what we can achieve.”

Everyone at AFC Wimbledon wishes Mark all the best in his new role.

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