John Gorman to retire at end of the season

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ASSISTANT manager John Gorman will hang up his boots for the final time when MK Dons’ season comes to a close later this month.

The popular Scot joined Dons in 2010 to work alongside Karl Robinson, and has helped guide the side to back-to-back play-off campaigns.

But the 62-year-old has decided to call time on his illustrious career and aims to go out on a high with promotion to the Championship at Wembley.

Boss Robinson praised his assistant, calling him a ‘legend in the game’.

He said: “Although I have known about John’s decision for some time it will be a sad day when he does walk out on the pitch for a final time.

“He’s a legend in the game and I have been privileged enough to work with him for two years, and during that time I firmly believe he has made me a better coach and manager.

“We are two honest people with similar beliefs in how the game should be played and it has stood us in good stead over the course of good times and bad times.

“It has not always been easy in this job, but during the times when it has been difficult I have been able to rely on the friendship and vast experience that John offers, and I believe in our time together we have created an identity for the club, which I hope will be part of John’s legacy.

“John has certainly made a difference in the 100-plus games that he has been here and I hope he will look back at this Club with very fond memories and walk away with some life-long friends.

“I want him to retire on that pitch at Wembley with a medal around his neck. I can give him as many plaudits as I want and talk him up, but that is the gift I know everyone in the club will want to give to him.”

Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman added: “It has been a real honour to have someone of John’s stature in the game associated with our club.

“John has been at the heart of creating a long-term identity for Milton Keynes Dons and he will be missed not only on the pitch, but also behind the scenes and on a day-to-day basis.

“John has an infectious appetite for the game; his enthusiasm is incredible and although we have known for some time about his decision to retire at the end of the season, his commitment has never faulted.

“We have all benefited from the two years that John has spent with us and I believe thanks to the partnership of Karl and John we are now stronger as a football club.

“We all hope we have another month of working with John and if we can get to Wembley it would be the most fitting tribute to John and his career.”