Harford and Wright to join Dons staff

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FORMER Luton boss Mick Harford has taken over as assistant manager to Karl Robinson at MK Dons, while Ian Wright will also join the club as a coach.

Harford takes over the role from John Gorman who announced his retirement from the game two weeks ago, while former England striker Wright will be part-time first team coach until January when he takes on the role full-time.

Last spotted as caretaker boss at Queens Park Rangers, 53-year-old Harford guided Luton Town to the 2009 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win, as well as having a successful playing career with the Hatters and Wimbledon.Karl Robinson said he was delighted to have the two men on-board.

“It’s a wonderful team, probably the strongest in the league,” he said. “Mick is some man. He’ll wind up an awful lot of Luton and Winbledon fans by coming here, but he’s an excellent coach and really well respected in the game.

“People are fearful of Mick, but he’s a football man and I need to be surrounded by them. I didn’t know Mick before. I’ve gone on pure reputation. I spoke to 10 different people about him, I’ve met him plenty of times, we had a meal, played golf, and it has been very impulsive in the way we’ve done things. He loves our style of football and he’s been watched us a number of times. I really like him.

“Ian Wright will be working through the week but is contractually obligated to work Saturdays with the radio until January.

“They are two great people.”

New Dons number two Harford said: “I am absolutely thrilled Karl has given me the opportunity to work with him and assist him in managing MK Dons.

“It is an honour to follow in John Gorman’s footsteps and I am excited at the prospect of joining Karl and the team. Karl has the same football ethos as me and having seen the team on Tuesday night I feel very positive about the squad.”

First team coach Wright said: “I have spent the last year around MK Dons Football Club and I am delighted to now be part of the set-up. I am thankful to Karl for allowing me the chance to start my coaching career and I am already excited about the new season.

“The group of players we have at MK Dons are an extremely talented bunch and I am looking to working with them on a daily basis.”