Robbie Neilson: Milton Keynes Dons manager leaves club by 'mutual consent'

Robbie Neilson
Robbie Neilson was appointed as MK Dons manager in December 2016

Milton Keynes Dons manager Robbie Neilson has left the League One side by mutual consent with the club 21st in the table.

He was appointed as Karl Robinson's successor in December 2016, guiding the Dons to a 12th-place finish in 2016-17.

But a run of one win in 11 league games, including Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Northampton, has seen them fall into the relegation zone.

Simon Grayson is reported to be a leading candidate to replace Neilson.

The former Leeds and Preston manager has been out of work since being sacked by Sunderland in October.

Neilson's assistant Stevie Crawford and coach Neil MacFarlane have also left the League One club.

They are yet to name an interim manager in place of Neilson, who joined from Scottish Premiership club Hearts.

"Robbie, Stevie and Neil have all been totally dedicated to MK Dons," a club statement read. "We thank them and everyone at the football club wishes them every success in the future."