Ardley and Cox have "got the t-shirt", says Mitchel-King

Injured skipper: Mat Mitchel-King has not played for Dons since the beginning of September WI69689

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First published in Sport Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

AFC Wimbledon's injured skipper Mat Mitchel-King says he has a "good feeling" about the new management duo of Neal Ardley and Neil Cox.

The 29-year-old defender, who is out for at least another two weeks with a back injury, also revealed that he and Cox are old buddies having worked together at Crewe Alexandra.

And Mitchel-King, who was in the stands at the Dons' League Two defeat against Cheltenham, is full of compliments for the new management team.

He said: "I have not been training but Neal speaks very eloquently. You can tell that he has coached at a very good level and he has a very good grounding in the game. A lot of the stuff he says is very relevant to now as well.

"He will come with fresh ideas, Neil [Cox] is also a very good motivator, he talks to the lads and is good on their level.

"We know they’ve played at the highest level and you always have respect for them knowing they’ve done it and got the t-shirt."

Mitchell-King, who has not played for the Dons since the 5-1 defeat at Bradford at the beginning of September, added: "I know Neil from when I was at Crewe. He represented a lot of youngsters at Crewe so that was nice to see a familiar face.

"It’s only been three days since I’ve known the management team and all I can say is that they have got good, fresh ideas. And obviously we’re looking to gain from their experiences and draw from their times in their career.

"The interview process was pretty strenuous and I know the club are happy with the choices they have made. They didn’t just make a rash decision, they looked at all the factors. It is early doors but I have a good feeling about it."

 

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