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37-year-old in two-way race to become AFC Wimbledon manager

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Former Leeds United coach Ian Burchnall has entered the running to become AFC Wimbledon’s new manager, according to Football Insider.

Burchnall, who was part of the coaching staff at both Leeds and Bradford at Academy level, has previously managed Norwegian outfit Viking before stepping down as manager of Swedish side Ostersund last summer due to personal reasons.

And Football Insider believe that the 37-year-old is now in the final two candidates to become the Dons’ new boss – with Academy coach Mark Robinson, whose been in temporary charge in recent weeks, the other name in the frame.

Wimbledon are looking for a replacement for Glynn Hodges, who was relieved of his duties at Plough Lane last month following 11 League One matches without victory.

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Following Hodges’ departure, the Dons ended their two-month wait for a league win at Wigan earlier this month, although their next fixture against Doncaster Rovers was postponed due to the weather.

Wimbledon’s next League One outing is a trip to highflying Peterborough on Saturday, and they’ll no doubt be hoping to have appointed a new manager as soon as possible.

The Verdict

Burchnall has no previous experience of managing in England, whilst his only previous jobs as a full-time manager haven’t exactly gone to plan.

And therefore, I think that continuing the theme of appointing someone that’s previously worked or played for the club would be a sensible choice – with Robinson the best candidate for the job.


I'm Jake Sanders, a Freelance Journalist for Snack Media covering all things at the Football League World having joined the company back in March 2020.

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