Premier League praise for the style of football played by MK Dons’ leading candidate

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If it is an attractive style of play MK Dons wants, Gateshead’s Mike Williamson comes with pedigree

With style of play high on the agenda for any potential MK Dons head coach appointment, front-runner Mike Williamson earned Premier League plaudits for his methods earlier this summer.

When Gateshead took on neighgbours Newcastle United in the summer, Magpies boss Eddie Howe had to orchestrate a comeback from 2-0 down to snatch a 3-2 win in July.

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But the attractive style of play encouraged by Williamson and assistant manager Ian Watson, which helped the Heed to Wembley last season for the final of the FA Trophy - playing at the national stadium the same day as Newport Pagnell Town in the FA Vase - was praised by Howe following their pre-season friendly at the International Stadium.

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe praised Mike Williamson’s style of play after a pre-season friendly with Gateshead in the summerNewcastle United manager Eddie Howe praised Mike Williamson’s style of play after a pre-season friendly with Gateshead in the summer
Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe praised Mike Williamson’s style of play after a pre-season friendly with Gateshead in the summer | Getty Images

The Magpies boss said after the game: “Today was great and low travelling distance, playing against a team that play really good football. I think the game was played in the right spirits.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Mike and the job he’s doing and the way that he wants his team to play and I always believe in good links around the local community and hopefully we can help each other.”

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