Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy opponents for next week will be under new management by the time they reach Huish Park. League One side Milton Keynes Dons are due to announce the arrival of Hearts management team Robbie Neilson and his assistant Stevie Crawford after they agreed compensation with the Scottish Premiership side to take them down south.
Milton Keynes have been without a manager since Karl Robinson left his post by mutual consent in October, after six-and-a-half years in the job. There had been media reports that they were attempting to recruit former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as a high profile replacement, but they fizzled out without consequence, and this week they've made their move for Neilson, with both clubs openly confirming that they had agreed a severance deal.
Assuming Neilson and Crawford agree personal terms, they will be properly unveiled today - the question is whether they watch from the stands or head directly to the dugouts for their FA Cup Second Round match against Charlton Athletic on Saturday. If they allow caretaker Richie Barker to take the team for one last game then it means that the Glovers will face a management team making their 'debut' two games running, with Barnet due to bring a new dugout team to Huish Park on December 10th.
Neilson is a 36 year old who played more than 200 games at Tyncastle as a defender between 1999 and 2009. He was appointed as their manager in 2014, and took to the job like a duck to water, winning the Scottish Championship in his first season with seven matches to spare. He took them to third place in their first season back in the Scottish Premiership, and currently has the club in second place, albeit eight points behind runaway leaders Celtic.
Neilson and Crawford will take over a side that were relegated from the Championship last season and have continued to flounder in the division below. They currently lie in 19th place in League One, and are just two points off the relegation zone.
The Glovers are due to play Milton Keynes in an EFL Trophy Second Round tie on Tuesday 6th December at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45p.m.
Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons.
Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.
Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.
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