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Darius takes temporary charge of first-team matters

29 March 2022

Club News

Darius takes temporary charge of first-team matters

29 March 2022

Darius Charles has been put in temporary control of the first team following the departure of Head Coach Mark Robinson.

Darius has already begun work to prepare the players for Saturday’s League One game at Sheffield Wednesday.

He will be supported by Rob Tuvey, Ashley Bayes, Andy Parslow and James Oliver Pearce.

Darius is a familiar face to many of our fans having played a key part in our play-off final triumph at Wembley almost six years ago.

“I have seen first-hand the fight and spirit within this squad. There are still 21 points to play for and nobody will be throwing in the towel,” he said.

“Of course, none of us want to be in this position but we have a job to do and we will give it everything we have - not just for the club and the fans but also for Robbo, who instilled so much belief in these players.”

The 34-year-old centre-back made 85 appearances for us in just over two seasons before leaving to help Wycombe to Championship promotion in 2020.

He returned in July last year to provide potential defensive cover but also so his character and presence could help our young players behind the scenes.

“Darius has a big, positive personality, great playing experience and we are extremely grateful that he has agreed to take on this role,” said interim chair Mick Buckley.

"It is our intention to bring in an experienced manager to work with the team for the rest of the season. We are in discussion with some already and we will bring you more news as soon as we possibly can.

“In the meantime, I  can only urge all our fans to get behind Darius, his staff  and the players. We have been in this position before and history proves that when AFC Wimbledon is truly united in the ‘run in’ then anything is possible.

"Finally, I will be issuing a broader update about the club in the Charlton programme next week."

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