Keith Andrews has left MK Dons to pursue his own ‘development and education in football.’
Andrews, who captained Dons to the League 2 and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy double in 2007/08, returned to stadium:mk in January 2015 first as a player before retiring and becoming first team coach.
But after Dons’ relegation from the Championship to League 1, Andrews leaves the club for a second time.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure as first-team coach with immediate effect,” he said on Wednesday. “It has been a very tough decision but one that ultimately I believe will benefit me in the long term.
“My decision to leave isn’t to take up a role elsewhere but to continue my development and education within football.
“This is a club I have a lot of affection for and was delighted to be able to make the transition from a player to a coach. It has been the best place for me to learn my trade as an up and coming coach.
“As ever, I will be very much keeping a close eye on our results and wish everybody the best of luck for the coming season.”
Dons boss Karl Robinson wished Andrews luck for the future.
“He has ambitions to manage,” he said.
“I’ve got two heads on this. My professional head says he’s doing it the right way, getting his coaching badges.
“He’s doing his management course too, but I was lucky enough to do that while I was 28, 29.
“Keith wants to do it, he wants to travel and see different parts of the world to see how they do it.
“He’s up there as one of my best friends in football. I’ll miss him a lot. He’s good to be around, he’s a good guy.
“The fans know how important he is to the club, and I know how important he has been around. Hopefully he’ll be on to bigger and better in the future.”