UPDATE: Dons reject Blackpool approach for Robbo

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MK DONS have rejected an approach from Blackpool to speak with manager Karl Robinson.

The Seasiders made an official approach to talk to Robinson about their managerial vacancy last night, but Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has turned down their request to speak with the 32-year-old.

Earlier reports suggested that Blackpool had been granted permission to speak to Robinson and that he was due to meet chairman Karl Oyston today.

Dons have released the following statement: “It comes as no surprise that Karl’s name is once again touted for one of the top managerial positions in the Championship as his bold and stylish brand of football has invited plenty of talk in the industry.

“Since being appointed at stadiummk as the youngest manager in the Football League, Karl has guided our side to back-to-back play-off campaigns, broken a number of club records and only yesterday he created history by leading our club into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time.

“Karl is an ambitious, bright young manager and he is firmly focused on realising MK Dons’ dream of Championship football.

“Following discussions between Karl and the chairman, the club have turned down an approach from Blackpool to speak to Karl regarding the managerial vacancy at Bloomfield Road.

“Karl remains committed to the players, staff and, most importantly, the fans at Milton Keynes Dons, and will be looking to take the club from strength to strength by continuing to write new chapters in its history books.

“The club will not comment further on this matter.”