AFC Wimbledon, yesterday moved to appoint Interim manager Mark Robinson, previously the clubs youth team coach and first team coach, under Glyn Hodges, as their new head coach.
Robinson, appointed as Interim Coach on 30th January, has been with the club since 2004, gradually moving through the ranks.
Following the club’s, ‘sleep walk’ for want of a better expression into the League One Relegation zone playing an Ill suited 3-5-2 formation. Previous incumbent Glyn Hodges, who had earlier guided the clu bto their best ever start in League One was sacked.
Mark Robinson was installed on an interim basis and immediately tweaked things. Out went the previous formation, being replaced with a more balanced 4-2-3-1 formation for a match in the Papa Johns trophy at Oxford, which AFC Wimbledon sadly lost 3-1
Players who previously were played out of position, were put in their correct posistion and the team responded well. The same formation was kept for the away match at Wigan Athletic. The Dons played on the front foot, by attacking the opposition. They roared into a two- goal lead, before being pegged back to 2-2. But thanks to a penalty by Joe Pigs Pigott, they walked away with a 3-2 win.
That was enough to take them out of the drop zone and into 19th place. This, however, tells only part of the story.
What has been noticeable under Robbo (as he is affectionately called) has been a more positive outlook from the players.
Interviews have been more upbeat and The Dons are now playing at a different level. Ideally with ‘Robbo’ in charge Wimbledon will now move up the table
The new man has been fairly forthright, but positive about what needs to change and has had input from the players about how they would like to play a more possession based game, which makes it harder for the opposition, but ultimately wins games.
Peterborough United away are up next this coming Saturday, but on the evidence seen so far it seems that now is a good time to be a Dons fan, owner and player.