Dons need to be in the top flight, with or without me, says Winkelman

Pete Winkelman
Pete Winkelman

Dons chairman Pete Winkelman would step aside if a new investor could take the club forward, he revealed on Monday.

Winkelman, the man responsible for bringing football to Milton Keynes in 2003, came under fire last season as he provided one of the smallest budgets in the Championship and they suffered relegation back to League 1 after just one campaign in the second tier.

Upon unveiling new manager Robbie Neilson to the media on Monday, Winkelman said Dons is a club capable of being in the top flight, but it may need him to move aside in order for that dream to come to fruitition.

"This is a club that can be in the top flight - there are many things we need to get right for that to be, and whether that's directly with me, or it becomes more, it's where the club has to be.

"It's a big statement that with Robbie in charge, we're taking a step in the right direction.

"We need to be in the top flight and whether I'm still here in the same way to do that, that'd be a lovely dream, but it may need more than that. And if that's what we find, that's what we'll do."