JON Otsemobor thinks Dons chairman Pete Winkelman will be fighting off plenty more offers for Karl Robinson’s services after Blackpool’s approach was rebutted on Wednesday.
The full-back, who made his first start in over a month on Tuesday night because of injury, has been impressed with the manager since he signed from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer and believes he will have a lot more interest from clubs in high divisions as time goes on.
“It’s my first year here but I’ve known the manager for a while,” Otsemobor said. “Ever since he has been here, I’ve been hearing him linked to other clubs. But to be fair to him he’s stayed put.
“He’s got a great group of lads here, and we’re all fighting for promotion out of this league. I’d be very surprised to see him leaving the club any time soon to be honest.
“It reflects on us too. He said the other day anything that’s quoted about the manager is down to the players. We all work hard for each other in training and of a weekend and long may that continue.
“It’s a great club. I spent a lot of time there and we had a lot of decent footballers at the time too. The philosophy is very similar there to the way our manager likes to play football. I enjoyed my time there thoroughly and I can’t wait to go back.
“People who know and speak about the manager know his coaching methods are fresh, he’s a top coach. I was very surprised how good a coach he actually is. We play attractive football, the manager has given us the licence to go out there and do that.
“I know he’s turned down Blackpool but I’m sure there’ll be numerous other occasions when the chairman will have to fight off offers because other clubs want young, hungry managers like our gaffer.”
After returning to the action against his former club Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, Otsemobor is set to face another of his former clubs on Saturday in Crewe Alexandra.
He said that there is always an added incentive to impress when taking on former clubs.
“I was injured a lot at Sheffield Wednesday so didn’t get to play much – I couldn’t even really get out onto the training ground. I was desperate to play in the Hillsborough game but it probably came around a bit too soon for me.
“You always want to do well against your former clubs, and show them what they’re missing out on so to speak!
“Crewe’s a great club. I spent a lot of time there and we had a lot of decent footballers at the time too. The philosophy is very similar there to the way our manager likes to play football. I enjoyed my time there thoroughly and I can’t wait to go back.
“But it’s just another game. I won’ be looking at it in any other way than making sure we get the three points first and foremost.”
And although more than a month has passed since his famous ‘Heel of God’ goal against AFC Wimbledon in the 2-1 victory at stadium:mk, Otsemobor says he is still being asked about it by the fans.
“I’ll have to score another!” he joked. “I don’t score many goals so it was nice to get that one!
“At the time, I didn’t understand how big the game was, but the chairman came and spoke to us about it and we got a bit of insight into the two clubs.
“But it wasn’t until game day, when you saw all the fans before the game, it meant so much to them.
“I’ve seen it a few times, but like anything in football, you don’t get carried away with yourself, or get too down when things aren’t going right.”