Dan Micciche hit back at Sol Campbell after the former Arsenal defender claimed 'it wasn't rocket science' to manage in League 1.
The former England international reacted badly to being overlooked for the Oxford United job last week, claiming to be one of the greatest minds in football, while saying it was easy to manage at League 1 level.
But Micciche, who stepped into the Dons breach a month ago without any first team experience, said it was a lot harder than Campbell claims.
"It's tough," he said, having drawn two of his first seven games at Dons. "There is a pressure to it. I'm getting a real insight from these other managers, and phonecalls from Tony Mowbray, and I speak to Karl (Robinson)a lot too. I have so much respect for these managers because it's not as easy as it looks - everyone is fighting for their lives.
"You have to be ready - it takes a lot of work, a lot of planning. If you don't get that right, you'll get found out.
"Despite my 15 years in coaching, the experience I have around me in Dean Lewington, Paul Heald and Keith Millen is massive. I bounce ideas off them all, and I won't get tired of that. I'm not the type who thinks I have all the answers. We have to take experience on and use it all."