The House of Payne - Why is AFC Wimbledon legend Terry Brown still out of a job? (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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The House of Payne - Why is AFC Wimbledon legend Terry Brown still out of a job?
Things are looking rosy for AFC Wimbledon right now. The 3-1 win over Burton Albion leaves them third in League Two, writes John Payne.
Manager Neal Ardley, quite properly, is earning plenty of plaudits for how he has stepped up from running the academy at Cardiff to life in the hot seat.
Things have certainly taken an upturn since this time last year, when Terry Brown had just vacated the manager’s position.
The Dons were 21st at the time and Brown was reportedly left in tears by the freak Torquay United goal that saw them fall to a third consecutive league defeat.
End of an era: Terry Brown fights back the tears after the 1-0 defeat to Torquay United that would end with his dismissal as AFC Wimbledon boss KT70392
But who would have thought that, a full year on from that heartbreaking night, Brown would still be an out of work manager?
It is hard to know whether, at the age of 61, age is counting against the man who will forever be part of Dons’ history after guiding them into the Football League.
His record at the Cherry Red Records stadium was remarkable – promotion from Blue Square South via the play-offs in his first season, consolidation and eighth place in Dons’ first season in the Conference before second place and that glorious play-off win in Manchester in 2010-11.
You could hardly even count Dons’ performances following promotion to League Two as a blot on his impressive managerial CV, having steered them to 16th in his own season in charge.
Indeed, at all three clubs he has managed, he left them in a much higher position than he found them. At Hayes, who he managed for nine years up to 2002, he found them on the brink of relegation to the Ryman Premier Division and peaked with a third place finish in the Conference.
And in just under five years at Aldershot, he won promotion from Conference North, laying the foundations for that club’s brief return to the Football League.
Despite all this, Brown has been unsuccessful in his attempts to land jobs at Hayes & Yeading and Salisbury City, among others. I’m sure all Dons fans will hope that one of football’s good guys gets a lucky break soon.
Pinnacle: Terry Brown led his Dons to the Football League via a play-off win over Luton Town in Manchester
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