Stephen Bradley, director of Shamrock Rovers, shortlisted for MK Dons post


Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is on the shortlist for the vacant English League position MK Dons.

Internet speculation surfaced about Bradley and the job earlier this week, and the 36-year-old pushed back a question about it after the Europa League win last night over Teuta Durres.

But Independent.ie understands that MK Dons’ interest in Bradley is genuine, and he is seen as one of the suitable options for a position in demand.

MK Dons is without a manager after the much-loved Russell Martin abruptly left for Swansea last week.

Martin favored a possession-based style and operated with a back three (a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-2-1) and Bradley ticks a box as a manager with a similar philosophy and tactical preferences .

The Milton Keynes-based club have been linked with a number of high profile bosses – John Terry is among the names to be mentioned in the dispatches – but it is believed they also want their appointment to continue Martin’s work and either adapted to the strengths of the group.

Bradley was reportedly considered for the shortlist due to his team’s profile and reputation as a coach.

No firm developments are expected over the weekend, with MK Dons starting their championship campaign at Bolton tomorrow.

The 36-year-old former Arsenal trainee graduated from the miners setup to start his managerial career at Tallaght and establish himself as one of the top bosses in the League of Ireland.

He led the Rovers to FAI Cup success in 2019 and they followed him to claim the league title in 2020, going unbeaten in the abridged season.

The Hoops are currently at the top of the table and have a strong chance of making the Europa Conference qualifiers after teenager Aidomo Emakhu’s decisive goal in the victory over Teuta.


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