Former Newcastle United star installed as strong favourite for League Two job after sacking decision

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A former Newcastle United star is being linked with a League Two job as he continues to impress further down the pyramid.

MK Dons are looking for a new manager, and they could turn to a former Newcastle United star. The Dons sacked manager Graham Alexander after just 16 games, currently just six points above the relegation zone and six points outside the playoffs in 16th position.

Alexander arrived after spells with Motherwell and Salford City, and his results were mixed but not disastrous by any means. He oversaw 16 games in all, winning six, losing as many and drawing four. The Dons were relegated from League One last season ahead of appointing Alexander, who started well, winning the League Two manager of the month award for August after picking up 12 points from his side’s first five games.

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But having picked up just four points since, MK Dons have decided to move on, and they are now searching for a new boss. It remains to be seen who they will turn to, but a former Newcastle player looks to be in the mix. According to BetVictor, Mike Williamson is the favourite, ahead of former Dons boss Karl Robinson and former Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley. Lee Bowyer, David Artell and Nathan Jones are further down in the list.

Williamsom, who made 150 league appearances for the Magpies as a player between 2010 and 2016, could be handed a step up after spending the best part of four years with Gateshead. The 39-year-old has won 83 of his 175 games in charge of Gateshead, drawin 45 and losing 47. That’s a win percentage of 47.4%, and Gateshead are currently sixth place in the National League.

Williamson was also linked with the Bradford City job recently, and the Bantams are still looking for a new full-time boss as this point. As for MK Dons, they have provided no insight on their next appointment, with their Monday statement simply reading: “Milton Keynes Dons Football Club has parted company with Head Coach Graham Alexander. Assistant Head Coach Chris Lucketti will also depart Stadium MK.

“The Club would like to thank Graham and Chris for their dedication and tireless efforts during their time at Stadium MK. They depart with the best wishes of everyone at MK Dons.”

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