The Citizen says it’s time to sign him up

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GIVE him whatever he wants, just make sure he puts pen to paper!

Monday night’s victory over local rivals Peterborough was a night to remember for Dons fans, but it was masterminded by a manager who - as it stands - will be out of work in just over a month. Or worse still, he’ll be employed elsewhere.

Karl Robinson boasts a CV to rival most managers working in the Football League, and while his rhetoric about qualifications may have made him sound a bit self-important in the early days of his tenure as Dons boss, the 30-year-old is now beginning to justify the hype.

An excellent run of form that has seen Dons move to within a win of League One’s automatic promotion places - helped by at least three very astute loan signings - has seen Robinson’s stock rise considerably, and left fans wondering why the club is yet to have snapped him up for next season and beyond.

With an experienced old head in John Gorman by his side, the Dons boss has worked wonders this season but, incredibly, will be out of contract come May.

Fans and players alike all seem to be right behind Robinson, and while the man himself was coy over talk of his own future when the subject came up recently, he was a bit more forthcoming in light of his side’s superb win and performance against Posh.

“People know I really enjoy being here. We are trying to build something that will last for a long time,” said the Football League’s youngster boss.

“We didn’t expect this style of football to come so quickly. It usually takes a long time to get to the way a manager wants.

“As a manager, you sometimes have to put on a brave face. We’ve had some tough times this season which we’ve had to fight hard against, so these moments mean a bit more.”

And now Robinson is urging Dons’ fans to get behind him and the team even more, as the prospect of the play-offs now seem the least the club can expect this season.

“We have to push on now, with the crowds and financially, and the players have to push themselves to the limit. This could be a very special ending to the season. If we fall short, it will only be because of a bit of bad luck.”