Winkelman hints at new Robbo deal

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PETE Winkelman has refused to be drawn into whether or not contract negotiations are ongoing between Dons and manager Karl Robinson, but did seem to hint that a deal could be close.

Last week, the Dons boss was coy over talk of a contract extension, saying that it was for the chairman to comment on his future.

But since the turn of the year Dons have been in great form - winning eight of their 16 games in 2011 and losing just three, and Robinson’s current deal is set to expire in under two months.

That rich run of results has seen Dons surge up the table from 12th at the start of the year to cement themselves firmly among the League One play-off places.

However, after two superb victories in the space of three days against Rochdale and Charlton, the Dons chairman gave little away when asked about the future of Robinson and assistant manager John Gorman. But he did seem to hint that talks were ongoing.

He said: “It comes as no surprise that Karl and John are doing a fantastic job with the team and enhancing the club’s reputation of playing a stylish, and successful brand of football.

“The team are on a red-hot streak at the moment and we are fully focused on our aspirations for this season.

“As with any negotiations, be they new or existing ones, the details must remain private until the club is in a position to make a formal announcement.”