All posts tagged with: Karl Robinson

MK Dons Season Preview: Brittain to shine?

With the 2018-19 League Two season preview coming up, The Football Lab spoke to MK Dons fan Jonathan Harries (@harriesdon87). It’s certainly been a tough time for MK Dons with two relegations in three years. Clearly the club have made plenty of mistakes since promotion to the Championship in 2014-15: would you list the January… Read more →

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Charlton Athletic Six Things: disciplined display

In a well-drilled performance of efficient pressing, clinical finishing from Blackburn saw them to a 2-0 victory over a one-dimensional Charlton side. Here’s six things from the game. Blackburn’s high-press Blackburn’s front men Dominic Samuel and Marcus Antonsson pressed effectively early on, at times looking more confident without the ball than with it. That wasn’t… Read more →

Bradford v Charlton: Clarke returns

When Mark Marshall and Billy Clarke swapped West Yorkshire for South London this summer, the former was tipped to be more important to Charlton Athletic’s promotion hopes. In fact, Marshall has only played 37 minutes of football due to injury, while Clarke has only missed 67. Karl Robinson’s decision to drop the latter to the… Read more →

FA Cup Preview: Mad Dog and Big Sam return

This weekend’s FA Cup action sees Martin Allen and Sam Allardyce return to their former clubs, Brentford and Bolton Wanderers respectively. The Football Lab discusses whether those two bosses will have a successful return and also looks at Championship high-flyers Brighton, who entertain League One MK Dons. Bolton v Crystal Palace Sam Allardyce spent eight… Read more →

Manager exits: the rise of image preservation

English football’s sacking culture is widely discussed and criticized by many. What is not talked about as much is this year’s increase in manager exits by other means. Since the end of last season, 22 managers or head coaches from the top flight down to League Two have left their clubs for reasons other than a sacking. This may be resignation, mutual… Read more →