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Recent exit explains Bristol City departure

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Luke Williams was announced as the new assistant manager of League One side MK Dons, less than an hour after leaving his role as U23 coach at Bristol City.

The 38-year old has worked with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Swindon Town in the past, the latter he managed over 70 games for from 2015 to 2017.

He then joined Bristol City as their U23 coach ahead of the 2017/18 season and has since garnered a good reputation at the club for developing younger players.

In his search for a position higher-up in football though, he announced that he would be leaving the club with immediate effect.

Soon after, it was announced that he would become number two to Russell Martin at MK Dons.

Speaking on the move, Williams told the MK Dons official club website:

“I’m really looking forward to it. I have been here a number of times before as an opponent and I’ve always seen this as a special place to work – to now be a part of that is really exciting.

“When I spoke with Russell, we had a good chat about football and how we see the game being played, as well as the standards he expects – we agree on a lot of things.

“I hope my experiences can assist Russell and I will be doing all I can to help him and the players. I see a lot of talented and hard-working players here and it’s now about building on the ideas that the manager wants to implement. Bit by bit, we will look to make that happen.”

The Dons had parted ways with Paul Tisdale earlier this month after a dismal start to the season, and Williams joins with the club sitting 21st in League One.

MK Dons have lost 11 of their last 13 games in all competitions and face a very real threat of relegation to League Two.

They travel to bottom-club Bolton on Saturday, and Martin alongside Williams will be looking to get the Dons back on track.

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The verdict

Williams’ Swindon record wasn’t the most impressive as he condemned them to relegation in 2017, but that shouldn’t shadow the work he’s since done at Bristol City.

The club held him in high-regards and his departure is a huge blow for Lee Johnson and the rest of the playing and coaching staff at Ashton Gate.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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