Karl Robinson has refused to spend ‘next year’s budget’ on improving his squad in this transfer window.
Last week, Chief Executive Andrew Cullen confirmed money would be available for Robinson to spend in the window to give Dons greater chance of staying out of the Championship drop zone and returning to League 1 at the first attempt.
But with Robinson now refusing to take the money, instead trying to strategically play the window to save money for next summer, the axe looks set to fall on some players in his squad.
“I had a long chat with the chairman and he said money would be there, but I said no,” said Robinson after the 1-1 draw with Leeds. “It may have to come out of next year’s budget and I won’t put my club in jeopardy. We’ve been at a club today that knows all about the pitfalls of overspending.
“If we bring in two players and they get injured, and we go down having spent next year’s money. But if we go down, we have a fantastic chance of bouncing back up.
“We will bring players in, but we’ll have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing. There will be a day when we have to spend money, everyone knows that.
“We will make way in our club. We’ll make big decisions, bring players in and make our team stronger. We will do our damndest to keep our team in this league next year, but we’ll do it in the right way. We need to learn lessons from failings elsewhere. We’re very stable, with tremendous consistency.
“We have some players we feel we can move on to open up some money, with some from the chairman. This is the way I want to do it - in the right way.”
Diego Poyet looks set to cut short his season-long loan deal and return to West Ham having been left out against Leeds on Saturday, and there may be more to follow as Robinson looks to wheel and deal during the window.
Robinson added: “Diego felt, alongside Darren Potter, didn’t do too well together. He knows Potter will play every week and that’s not fair to him.
“He has every opportunity to play in the Premier League with West Ham. I’m not going to deny a young man that chance. He’s a tremendous young man.”