Karl Robinson doesn’t want Dons to make up the numbers in the Championship, but admits it will take a lot of money.
Dons’ remarkable promotion on Sunday sees them go into the second tier of English football automatically, avoiding the roller coaster of a play-off campaign.
And with their future secured in the Championship, Robinson hopes the club can avoid a relegation scrap in their first season, but knows what it’ll take for that to happen.
“That’s our aim,” he said. “We don’t want to be a number. We need to spend money, we have to compete at that level.”
Nearly 17,000 people watched Dons win their final game, and with it promotion, on Sunday - their biggest attendance of the season, Manchester United game aside.
And after the drama of the final day, and with the incentive of playing football at a higher level, Robinson hopes more people from Milton Keynes get to stadium:mk next season to cheer on the side.
He added: “This city wants to grow, and football is a massive part of helping that.
“If we can grow this club, more people will start coming here, also as a tourist, to see what we’re all about .
“It’s a really exciting time for the club and hopefully we can go on and surpass this.”