Ex-Newcastle United defender praised by Eddie Howe lands managerial role at League Two side

A former Newcastle United defender has assumed a fresh role in League Two.

MK Dons, a League Two team, has officially announced the appointment of Mike Williamson as their new manager. Williamson will take over from Graham Alexander, the former Salford City manager who was dismissed after a mere 16 games in charge.

MK Dons suffered relegation from League One in the previous season, despite reaching the play-offs in the preceding campaign alongside Wycombe Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday, and Sunderland. Currently, they occupy the 16th position in the league standings and have not secured a league victory since August.

Williamson departs from his position as the manager of Gateshead, where he contributed to the team’s promotion from the Vanarama North and their retention in the Vanarama National League last season. Additionally, under his guidance, Gateshead reached the final of the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium. During his tenure at Gateshead, Williamson was responsible for instilling an attractive style of football, which received commendation from Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe in May.

Ex-Newcastle United and current Gateshead boss Mike Williamson the early  favourite for MK Dons job - Chronicle Live

Howe remarked, “We faced them in a pre-season match, and I was impressed by their quality as a team. Mike deserves significant recognition for his achievements, as managing at that level with limited resources is a considerable challenge.”

Williamson will be joined by his assistant manager, Ian Watson, who served alongside him at the Gateshead International Stadium. Their initial task will involve an away trip to the Wham Stadium to play against Accrington Stanley on Saturday, followed by a midweek home fixture against Bradford City.

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