Spending next year’s budget in January would have been ‘very easy’ for Dons boss Karl Robinson.
In the midst of a relegation scrap, the potential to spend big to improve the squad was on offer from chairman Pete Winkelman as the transfer window reopened this week.
However, with the emergency war chest set to come out of next summer’s budget, Robinson confirmed on Saturday that he would refuse the opportunity.
“It would have been extremely easy to tell the chairman I’d take next year’s budget and spend it,” said Robinson.
“But looking at Saturday’s game, spending £1 million would have had no relevance.
“We’re working with the smallest of margins. The unpredictably of football is always going to be there.
“But with the more money you spend, the less the risk. The lower you go down, the money you spend carries greater risk.
“We all want to be in the Premier League, but we can’t kid ourselves. We have to do it in the right way. It’s important I have the strength to do it in the right way.
“My job now is to go out and find players that suit us. There’s one or two we’ve spoken to.
“But we have to find players better than we’ve got. Finding someone better than Nicky Maynard is difficult. He has been sensational.”
Diego Poyet, Cristian Benavente and Sam Gallagher have made room in Robinson’s squad, and budget, already this week, though the manager confirmed there would be no incomings this week.