Do Dons want to go for it?

Karl Robinson. Pic: Tom Blackman
Karl Robinson. Pic: Tom Blackman

Karl Robinson is challenging the MK Dons directors to put their money where their mouth is this summer.

The Dons boss is keen to get assurances from the board as soon as possible about whether they are willing to go all out to get the club to the next level.

In recent years, money has been tight at stadium:mk, particularly in terms of a transfer kitty available to Robinson, but next season looks set to change as Dons enter their sixth season in League 1.

But with Robinson eager to bring in as many as five new players in the summer, as well as keeping hold of prize assets like Dele Alli, he wants to hear the same from his bosses.

“We have to decide whether we’re going to go for it or not,” he said. “I want to go for it. Me and Dean Lewington want to go for it.

“We have to keep our best players - it’s as simple as that. And we need to bring in five.

“That’s the remit we have to take to the board, and then we have to find ways of doing it.”

Robinson has been vocal about what the quality his preferred starting 11 all season long, claiming Dons would be in the running for the top places if everyone remained fit.

And he hopes by keeping the majority, and adding from his wishlist, Dons will be up there next season.

He said: “It’s not as if I can control the things that have gone wrong, so I can’t get too despondent.

“Fans and the chairman can get disappointed, but the reality is that we’ve not had players fit in the second half of the season and we’ve not bought anybody in January.

“If I finish in the top 10, get all my players back and add to the squad in the summer, we won’t be too far away.”