Following an amazing season, MK Dons will be parting ways with Ousseynou Cisse and Brandon Thomas-Asante this summer in order to bring in new players to the club.
Malian midfielder Cisse has been able to register 26 appearances in the League Two this campaign as he helped the club acquire promotion to League One. Most football predictions didn’t really see this coming.
Academy product forward Thomas-Asante, who spent most of the 2018/19 campaign on loan to Oxford City and Sutton, will also be ending his Dons’ career this summer.
Speaking about the duo, Dons head coach Paul Tisdale said to the BBC:
You build a team throughout the course of the year, Brandon and Ouss have been very much a part of that. I can’t afford to keep everybody and I also want to make one or two signings – I have to clear some room.
MK Dons were able to secure promotion to the League following their 1-0 win to rivals Mansfield on the last day.
Having lost in his two previous play-offs final, Tisdale is pleased to have helped his team gain promotion to the League One. The Dons manager celebrated in the dressing room right after their last match of the season, with the help of useful football tips you could have seen this coming.
Speaking to the press, Tisdale said:
P-H-E-W!, That’s how it feels – thank goodness for that. Just the complete and utter relief. Then the excitement and the challenge, the horizons open up. It just brightens the place up. The decisions become clearer and it means ultimately my time here at MK Dons have seen the wheels moving forwards and that is a complete and utter delight.
Having celebrated through the night, the Dons manager said there was only a little time for him as he wants to strengthen up his team for their next challenge in the League One next season.
He jokingly said:
League Two is so passé! As pleased as we were with ourselves, patting ourselves on the back, we now have to get ready for what will be a very important summer. We will have a break, but we will try to improve on last year on and off the pitch. We do have to remember to have to have a break. It has been a really nice week and it’s a good place to be at the moment. We wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t prepare for every eventuality. We have spent the last six months saying ‘if we’re in League One’ or ‘if we’re in League Two’ and there was a point where we were asking ‘if we’re in the Conference’ because you look at everything. Fortunately, we put that to one side pretty early but I’m pretty pleased it’s League One. We’re very much into what we’re doing next.