DONS grabbed national headlines when Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann signed up to Dons’ new look set-up last summer, but the former Germany international has lasted less than a year at stadium:mk.
The 37-year-old has joined Alex Rae in moving on to pastures new, and will join former boss Sven Goran Eriksson at Leicester City, three months shy of seeing through his one-year contract.
“We’ll play 46 league games, and if he plays 35 or more, I’ll tell you now, we’re going up,” declared Karl Robinson as he proudly presented Hamann to the media last May. It hasn’t worked out though.
In the end the former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder featured just 13 times for Dons, usually replaced after an hour or so as he struggled to keep place in League One.
After failing to make any impact on the pitch, Hamann fell into more of a coaching role after Rae departed for Notts County to be Paul Ince’s number two in October. And now his exit to the Walkers Stadium sees Robinson’s touchline team looking short of numbers.
Hamann’s decision to leave will surely come as huge blow to Robinson who previously declared Dons to have the best backroom staff outside the Premier League.
A statement on the club’s website said: “Everyone at MK Dons would like to place on record our thanks to Didi for his hard work both as a player and a coach during his eight months with the club, and wish him well in his emerging coaching career.”