Former Dons' midfielder Neal Ardley unveiled as AFC Wimbledon's new manager

Eyes wide open: New boss Neal Ardley is under know illusions about the task in hand at AFC Wimbledon

Eyes wide open: New boss Neal Ardley is under know illusions about the task in hand at AFC Wimbledon

First published in Sport Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

AFC Wimbledon have unveiled Neal Ardley as their new manager and the former Dons' midfielder says he will put his heart and soul into taking the club to the next level.

Ardley, who spent 11 years as a Wimbledon midfielder from 1991, was chosen by the board ahead of caretaker manager Stuart Bassey - who remains as first team coach for the time being.

Lee Bradbury and the bookies' favourite Robert Page were also on the shortlist of four candidates the board were considering this week.

Ardley and new assistant Neil Cox will be introduced to the Kingmeadow faithful before taking charge of the League Two clash with Cheltenham on Saturday.

There are question marks over the 40-year-old's lack of experience as a league manager, but the Epsom-born former U21 England international points to his five years as youth academy manager of Cardiff City and more than 400 top-flight appearances - including 245 for Wimbledon - as good grounding for the challenges ahead.

But first and foremost, Ardley is excited about his first management position.

He said: "I am under no illusions about the task ahead but I will put my heart and soul into doing it right. I can guarantee the fans that I will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the club.

"At the end of the day, the only thing I can be judged on in terms of the fans and their history with the club and love of it, is the results and taking AFC Wimbledon forward."


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8:54pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Joe 90 says...

Looks a good choice, Neil was a fantastic player for the Dons and he knows all about the Wimbledon way, the history of the club and what it now wants to achieve as AFC Wimbledon - i..e consolidate its position in League 2, develop an attractive and confident team and press up the leagues if possible. He had a cool head as a player and he'll need that at Kingsmeadow
Looks a good choice, Neil was a fantastic player for the Dons and he knows all about the Wimbledon way, the history of the club and what it now wants to achieve as AFC Wimbledon - i..e consolidate its position in League 2, develop an attractive and confident team and press up the leagues if possible. He had a cool head as a player and he'll need that at Kingsmeadow Joe 90
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8:55pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Joe 90 says...

I should of course have written Neal not Neil
I should of course have written Neal not Neil Joe 90
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