Are Dons playing with fire by delaying managerial decision?

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman
MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman
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While it could be another three weeks of waiting before MK Dons have a new manager in place, chairman Pete Winkelman’s admission that he hasn’t even interviewed a candidate yet should be of considerable concern for the Cowshed faithful.

There is a huge difference between making the right choice and a quick choice, but with 18 days passed since the departure of Karl Robinson and seemingly little in the way of movement in finding his replacement, fans are right to be disgruntled.

Naturally, parting company with a manager during the summer is an easier process than during the season. Without the pressures of a league campaign to distract, the board can knuckle down and get the right man in place before the players return.

But with Richie Barker’s temporary charge already up to three matches, turning four on Saturday against Walsall, it could be as many seven by the time a new man is picked to take over. As many as 15 league points could pass Dons by as the uncertainly continues.

Winkelman’s interview with mkdons.com unveiled the disappointing truth many fans had feared - no manager is on the horizon to rescue them yet, and that person still looks a long way off. Sitting 20th in League 1 could read considerably worse by the time a new face is appointed, deepening a crisis of their own making.

Only time will tell whether the decision to wait for so long will pay off, but the longer the appointment takes, the more likely Dons are to suffer the consequences of indecision.