Winkelman sets his sights on the Championship

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TURNOVER at MK Dons would double if they were to get promoted this season according to Pete Winkelman.

The chairman tightened his belt this season, offering manager Karl Robinson little in the way of a transfer kitty, but that could all chance should his side gain promotion to the Championship.

Dons currently occupy fifth spot in League One and need just a single victory to ensure a date in the play-offs and the chairman says that the financial incentives to go up are huge.

“If we went into the Championship, it would literally double our turnover,” Winkelman said. “It makes that much of a difference.

“Of course it would be even greater if we were to go into the Premier League, but if you look at how the revenue is distributed down the Football League, you can get an idea of the difference it can make.”

In the last two years, teams such as Leicester, Norwich and Leeds have all been promoted from League One and enjoyed success at the next level by investing well in their squad, but by keeping much of the same core of players.

And Winkelman hopes that Dons can follow in their footsteps.

He said: “What we want to be is a sustainable Championship team. It can be a difficult balancing act, but it depends on the team we have around us.

“League One was a competitive league last year, but Norwich City are on the verge of the Premier League with a lot of the same players. Paul Lambert has bought well, but it’s the same core. It is about getting your team right.”

As for next season’s transfer kitty, Winkelman says he trusts Robinson and Paul Mitchell, head of recruitment, to invest wisely over the summer to deal with which ever league Dons find themselves in come August.

He said: “If we can continue to identify the right players, we can continue to go forward. We don’t know when that will collate to promotion – it could be in a few weeks or in a few years, but as long as there is improvement, you can continue to look to the future.”