Promotion is the goal but it isn’t esssential for Robbo

Karl Robinson.
Karl Robinson.

Gaining promotion to the Championship is NOT the be all and end all for MK Dons this season, according to their manager.

Karl Robinson’s men could go third this Saturday with a win over Swindon Town, kick-starting their run-in in style as the season reaches its pinnacle.

If we miss the boat this year, we’ll rebuild the boat and start again.

Karl Robinson

But while getting out of League 1 at the fifth time of trying is a huge incentive for Robinson, he admits being promoted isn’t the be all and end all for the season.

“It’s what we want to achieve though,” he said. “If we don’t, just look at the teams above us, or the teams in the play-offs with us. Preston, Sheffield United, Bristol City – it is for them because of the size of those clubs.

“If we miss the boat this year, we’ll rebuild the boat and start again. We’re all desperate for it, we all want to see the club in the Championship.

“But desperation and neediness can be detrimental to the team’s performance. It creates anxiety. We want it. If you want something, you are willing to push yourself further than before.”

Robinson also denied that the forthcoming run of games would be the toughest period in his managerial career, citing his previous play-off campaigns as equally as tough.

He said: “I’ve been in this situation before. When you look at it, I don’t think I have anything to prove. What we’ve done as a club over the last five years speaks for itself.

“My career will take care of itself, I believe in my own ability.”