Waddock’s keen to get going again

Gary Waddock
Gary Waddock

Gary Waddock has been given a hands on role with MK Dons as he takes up the new Head of Coaching role alongside Karl Robinson.

The 51-year-old admits, in old money anyway, that his job is effectively assistant manager -helping Robinson out on a day-to-day basis, while using his experience as a coach bring the best out of the players.

Mick Harford’s departure two weeks ago paved the way for Waddock to come in, though talks were already underway to bring in the former Wycombe boss.

He said: “I’d been working with the Premier League and I spoke to Karl, had a few meetings with him and the chairman and it developed from there.

“I’m delighted to be here at a fantastic club and I’m pleased to be part of it.

“In the old way of putting it, it’s assistant manager. But the club have given me this title. I don’t mind what I’m called, but I’m here and I’m ready to go.

“I’ve been called a lot worse (than Head of Coaching)! I’m here to assist Karl. That could mean many things, but I’m just pleased to be out on the training ground with the players.

“I like being out on the grass, coaching. I work with senior players, and younger players.

“I’m a little bit older, I’m a little bit wiser and if I can get that across, I’ll be happy.”

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.

Like many outside the club looking in, Waddock was familiar with Dons’ philosophy of football before the club came calling. And when they did, he said it didn’t take him long to think about it.

“It took a few seconds!” he said. “I’m very impressed with Karl. What he’s done here is fantastic. The style and philosophy he has here is everything I like.

“When you watch them play, it’s a passing game, but there’s a lot of movement and counter-attacking play and players want to be part of that.

“It’s really difficult to play against. It’s tough to regain possession.

“Credit to Karl and the chairman for sticking to their guns and the philosophy no matter what.

“Karl has the potential to go a long way in the game. But he wants to be successful here first.”