MK Dons boss Robinson adds Harford and Wright to backroom staff
16:32 GMT, 17 May 2012
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has appointed Mick Harford as his new No 2 and Ian Wright as a part-time first team coach.
Former Luton manager Harford will step into the assistant manager role left vacant by the retirement of John Gorman, while Wright's appointment will strengthen the club's backroom staff.
Experience: New MK Dons assistant boss Mick Harford
Harford will take up his position as assistant manager with immediate effect as he and Robinson work on identifying potential targets to bolster the squad's promotion hopes next season.
The 53-year-old guided Luton Town to Johnstone's Paint Trophy success in 2009 and most recently enjoyed a spell as caretaker manager at Queens Park Rangers in 2010. With vast experiences as a player and in managerial set-ups the former Lincoln City, Luton and Wimbledon striker will be a trusty ally to Robinson during the upcoming season.
Former Arsenal and England striker Wright is a familiar face behind the scenes at the Dons having linked up with the team on an ad-hoc basis throughout the 2011/12 season. The legendary forward, who scored 128 goals in 221 games for the Gunners, will work with the team throughout the week in training and will be a great asset to the Dons' free-flowing side.
Robinson said: 'I believe I have picked the two best people to help me and the squad with our promotion ambitions next season.Mick is an incredible man and a fantastic coach who is well respected in the game. He has a fear factor about him, but he is a football person and I think I need to be surrounded by football people.
Excited: First-team coach Ian Wright
'Ian Wright hasn't got his qualifications yet but he is working towards them and he will provide invaluable experience, knowledge and inspiration to our players. For a while Ian will work with the team through the week, he can't be with us at weekends because of other contractual commitments, but he will be here Monday to Friday and he will be involved in all our midweek games.
'I'm very honoured that the two have decided to come on board and join my backroom staff.'
Harford said: 'I am absolutely thrilled Karl has given me the opportunity to work with him and assist him in managing MK Dons.
'It is an honour to follow in John Gorman's footsteps and I am excited at the prospect of joining Karl and the team. Karl has the same football ethos as me and having seen the team on Tuesday night I feel very positive about the squad.'
First team coach Wright added: 'I have spent the last year around MK Dons Football Club and I am delighted to now be part of the set-up. I am thankful to Karl for allowing me the chance to start my coaching career and I am already excited about the new season.
'The group of players we have at MK Dons are an extremely talented bunch and I am looking to working with them on a daily basis.'