By Bruce Archer

Former AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown said he always knew he would be replaced by a club legend.

When Brown was sacked in September, his own legendary status was set in stone having guided the Dons to the Football League.

Neal Ardley – who made 245 appearances in 11 years at Wimbledon – took over in October and, after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Morecambe, the side have opened up a seven-point gap above the League Two drop zone.

Brown said: “It was inevitable that at some stage the board were going to get a Wimbledon legend in – and that’s what Neal is.

“I think he’s an excellent young manager. It’s hard to come in for your first job at the basement of League Two but, after four wins in five games, they’re in a much better place than a month ago.

“Neal bought well in January with the money from the FA Cup run – he needed some experience and he got that.”

“I agree that the Accrington defeat was just a blip after three fantastic results, and the Morecambe result suggests just that.

“I’m sure Neal would rather play the sides higher up with less to play for than those around them fighting for their lives as well.

“I’ve been in contact with Simon Bassey and the spirit’s high. I am more than certain they’ll be safe.”