Mark Jackson to shine at MK Dons after Leeds United exit, loan deals on the cards - Paul Robinson
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Paul Robinson has tipped Mark Jackson to shine at MK Dons after he left Leeds United last week to become the League One club’s new manager.
Jackson, 45, began his playing career at Leeds and also started his coaching there too, managing the club’s Under-23s between 2020 and 2022 before Jesse Marsch promoted him to a first-team coach.
On 23 December, it was confirmed that Jackson had taken charge of MK Dons in England’s third-tier.
In his first game in charge on Boxing Day, he led relegation-threatened MK Dons to a 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers – his new club’s first home win in over four months.
Robinson can see why Jackson would do well at Stadium MK, backing the now-former Leeds coach to utilise the loan market and his knowledge of youth football to strengthen his new side.
“Jackson’s been excellent. He’s someone I know well from my time at the club in my younger days,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He put his mark on the Under-23s and he deserves a lot of credit for the players he’s developed. Yes, there’s been a lot of investment at that level but he’s coached the players that have been brought through.
“You can see why he’s been given a chance to manage at that level with MK Dons. He was always one of the players you looked at and thought would be capable of management and I wouldn’t be surprised if he moves on from MK Dons to manage higher up in the leagues.
“Everyone needs to get an in somewhere and I’d like to think he’s surrounded himself with good staff, people who can support him. He’s genuinely capable of managing at a higher level.
“He can utilise the loan market to sign Under-21s players, it’s a market he’ll know extremely well because he’s managed at that level for so long.
“He’ll have an opportunity to do really well at MK Dons.”
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