Robbo staying put with new deal

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KARL Robinson has ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new three-year contract to keep him at MK Dons.

Still in his first full season of management, Robinson has led Dons to a strong fifth place in League One as they look set to secure a play-off place.

Taking over from Paul Ince towards the end of last season, Robinson signed a 12-month deal last May, but the new deal will expire in 2014.

Robinson said: “I am really pleased to have signed a new contract. Milton Keynes Dons is a special Football Club and I cannot wait to continue to create history with the players and staff here.

“I have now been involved with the Club for three of the last four years – as a first team coach, assistant manager and now manager – and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment here.

“The fans have been magnificent from day one; they have been a real force behind what we have achieved this season and with their continued support we can get this drive this Club forward.”

Chairman Pete Winkelman added: “The news that Karl has committed his long term future to the Club has been greatly received by the staff, players and, I have no doubt, the fans at MK Dons.

“There were a few eyebrows raised when I appointed Karl last summer but, it has come as no surprise to me that both he has done a fantastic job with the team and is now emerging as one of the most talked about young managers in football.

“With Karl on board for the next three years we can expect to add to the exciting chapter he is currently writing at stadium:mk.”