Q&A Special - MK Dons Fan on Keith Andrews

  • June 09, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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As his contract dwindles down at Bolton, a MK Dons supporter speaks to us about Keith Andrews' time and potential future at stadium:mk.

18 months after his last appearance for Wanderers, Andrews was loaned to the Dons on the final day of the transfer window back in February and, despite featuring just five times, appears to have made an impact behind the scenes at the club where he made his name earlier in his career.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Dons supporter Dan Long (@DanMKDons) shares his views Andrews' apparent omission from the playing squad, the differences between the player of 2006 and 2015, as well as whether the former Republic of Ireland international can strike a permanent deal and return to playing Championship football.

Q: Keith Andrews was loaned to MK Dons in February, but was restricted to just five appearances after seemingly disappearing from the squad list in March. How would you sum up his time at the club and, with supporters in the North West oblivious to his vanishing act, what was the official reason behind his ommission?

A: It was a very exciting signing for us having him back, and great to see him holding up a Dons shirt with Karl Robinson late on a snowy night after finally completing the deal!

It wasn't exactly a secret that Keith wanted to be here, after being pictured in a restaurant with Karl as well as being at our games and working with our fitness coach, so it was a relief that an agreement had been made with Watford.

I think the reason for his omission was because he wanted to start his education as a coach. He's been coaching the first team along with Karl Robinson and our assistant Richie Barker, as well as working with players one-on-one and I believe he's managed some youth team games too.

Q: Having represented the Dons between 2006 and 2008, how would you compare the Andrews of old to the current version - based on what you have seen in person, or heard from followers of his other clubs in recent years?

A: Ahh, the 2007/2008 season! When Keith's captaincy and performances certainly earned him legendary status for the Dons after that double winning season.

Despite this, it was expected and hoped from me and a number of our fans that he would take up more of a coaching role than a playing role, as mentioned in my previous answer. One of the reasons for this was due to how well we were doing in the lead up to him signing.

With pivotal midfielders like Darren Potter and Dele Alli, we didn't want to disrupt it too much. It seemed, however, not to be the case, as Robinson appeared to want to shoehorn Keith into the team however possible. The epitome of this being the 4-2 loss away to Gillingham on Valentine's Day - certainly one to forget!

Whilst it wasn't just this decision that led to the result, it baffled some fans before the game and, in hindsight, certainly wasn't the right thing to do afterwards. That said, in the other games he played, he seemed to bring a sense of calmness and leadership to the team.

From what I've seen, it looks like he never really liked it at another club, or was particularly waned by the fans. Apparently, at Blackburn the fans turned on him so much he was dropped for some home games because of this. Probably another reason why he wanted to return to us, as he's certainly appreciated here.

Q: Andrews is out-of-contract at Macron Stadium at the end of the month and has been widely tipped to take up a coaching role at stadium:mk. Would you like to see him on the playing staff, or has the time come for him to step away from the game?

A: I would definitely love to see him in a coaching role! I think the affiliation with the club, as well as his experience, would serve us well in the Championship.

I certainly think he would like to stay here and carry on with his coaching, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Dan for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @DanMKDons.

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