Ex-Town coach takes up new post

FOOTBALL: Former Ipswich Town assistant manager John Gorman is back in football.

He has taken a similar role at League One Milton Keynes Dons where he will be working with Karl Robinson, who at 29 has become the youngest manager in the Football League.

Robinson was appointed this week after being assistant to previous Dons boss Paul Ince.

Gorman was dismissed at Portman Road at the same time as Jim Magilton in April 2009, and he stepped down from his assistant role at QPR last December in support of Magilton, who was shown the door after an altercation with midfielder Akos Buzsaky following a game at Vicarage Road, Watford.

“It’s good to be back,” said Gorman. “I was helping my son at a coaching clinic in Thailand when I received calls from Karl and also MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman.

“They wanted someone with experience to come onboard and I’ve been and had a look and am excited about the club’s prospects.

“There is bags of potential and the club was keen to promote Karl who they rate very highly.”

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It is believed that Magilton was in for the Dons job and he’s dividing his time between his native Belfast and England at the present time while he looks for a new club.

Winkelman said of Robinson: “He’s a young man with enormous ambition and has the talent, the enthusiasm and the maturity to build on the momentum our club is building.

“His coaching credentials and reputation within the game are already well-established and his appointment provides us with some much-needed continuity in terms of team development, player identification and recruitment.”

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