Tuttle in as Ince re-shuffles staff

MK DONS boss Paul Ince has re-shuffled his backroom team by appointing David Tuttle as the club's new chief scout and making Paul Heald assistant academy director.

Ex-Millwall manager Tuttle – who was Swindon Town's head of scouting until last November – joins the Dons from non-league Dorking where he had been working in an advisory role since last month.

The 35-year-old former Tottenham, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Millwall centre-half replaces ex-chief scout Heald, who will now work under academy director Mike Dove to coach the Dons' youth team.

Dons assistant manager Ray Mathias said: "David has been in the game a long time and he's got a lot of good contacts.

"He will help bring players in, he's very knowledgeable and he will play an important part in the gaffer's plans here."

Tuttle, who also had spells at Peterborough, Charlton, Barnsley and Wycombe as a player, was handed his first managerial role as caretaker boss at Millwall in December 2005.

But he was axed just four months later after winning only four of his 22 games in charge of the Lions, before he became head of youth/scouting at Swindon.

Tuttle was then appointed caretaker manager at Swindon in October last year after boss Dennis Wise quit to take over at Leeds United, but less than 24 hours later he stepped down in favour of carrying on his youth and scouting roles at the club.

He left Swindon in November last year after the appointment of Paul Sturrock and his own coaching staff, before joining Dorking as a player/advisor.

Meanwhile, an MK Dons XI drew 0-0 at non-league Crawley Town on Saturday in Ince's first pre-season friendly in charge of the club.

Ince ran the rule over 11 triallists in the game including ex-Millwall right-back Mark Phillips, 24, former Chesterfield centre-back Reuben Hazell, 28, and ex-Gillingham utility man Luke Howell, 20, who skippered the team.

Howell was denied a blatant penalty early on but the makeshift Dons created little else as Magno Vieira wasted the best chance of the match for Crawley, astonishingly firing wide of an open goal after charging down triallist goalkeeper Nathan Abbey's kick.

Mathias said: "It was an evenly matched game and a good workout for the triallists – we should have had a couple of penalties."