Gary Waddock comes in as Dons coach

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Former Wycombe Wanderers manager Gary Waddock has taken up a role with MK Dons as Head of Coaching.

The 51-year-old will work with Dons boss Karl Robinson on the day-to-day running of the club, replacing Mick Harford who left the club two weeks ago.

Since leaving Wycombe in 2012, Waddock has been working for the Premier League by monitoring a number of clubs and their progress following the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) 12 months ago. Waddock has departed the role to take on the full-time duties at MK Dons.

Robinson said: “The big thing for me is that Gary has been a manager himself in recent times and he has a great ability to encourage, develop and work with young players. 

“I believe we have one of the best policies in the country at bringing players through the youth system and the success has come through coaching.

“Gary is a great coach who will work with the first team and younger players to help develop us all.

“He is a very calm character and a good coach who I am looking forward to working alongside.” 

Waddock said: “It is a fantastic opportunity; I have known Karl and his backroom staff for a little while. This Club has been very close, in the play-offs and just outside the play-offs, for the last few years and I am pleased to be part of the team now.

“I am eager to work with Karl, he is a very, very good manager and we have some quality players here as well so if I can add a little bit to that I’d be very happy.

“Our football philosophy is very similar because we have similar ideas on how the game should be played and that is important. 

“My coaching background is based around developing young players, when I was at QPR I worked with the youth team players there and I was able to bring one or two through and that is something I have strived to do at other clubs I have been at.”