MK Dons have confirmed defender Russell Martin as the club’s new manager, where he replaces Paul Tisdale.

The 33-year-old will take over with immediate effect, and will take charge of MK Dons for the first time in their FA Cup tie against Port Vale next weekend.

Martin’s confirmation comes one day after MK Dons dismissed Tisdale. The Dons and Tisdale parted company by mutual consent after a 3-1 defeat by Tranmere Rovers at stadium mk.

Martin spent that match as an unused substitute. The defender joined MK Dons in January and has made 24 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He told the official MK Dons website of his excitement to get going. He said, “I’m excited and proud to have been given this opportunity to become manager of MK Dons. Football management is something that I’ve been preparing for, for a long time and this is an opportunity I’m ready to take on.

“I would like to thank Paul Tisdale for bringing me to the Football Club and for his hard work during my time here. We will always remember celebrating that special moment at the end of last season.

“I must also thank Pete Winkelman and the board for placing their trust in me. I accept their challenge to improve on the recent results and the current league position, and I will give everything I’ve got to repay their faith.

“We’ve got work to do and we will need everyone working as one in order to achieve what we want to achieve – players, staff and fans included. We will turn this around together.”

MK Dons have confirmed that Martin is currently completing his UEFA Pro Licence and League Managers’ Association Diploma in Football Management as part of his coaching education.

Chairman Pete Winkelman added that they felt from arrival he had potential to take over, and that he had confidence in his ability to turn around the Dons’ situation. He said, “Ever since Russell joined the Club, we recognised his potential to one day become a manager.

“It’s certainly happening faster than we expected but I’m excited to give Russell the chance and show us all what we can do.

“He’s taking over the Club mid-season and faces an immediate challenge given recent form, but we have great confidence in his ability to turn this season’s fortunes around and head the Club back in the right direction.”

MK Dons’ defeat to Tranmere Rovers was an 8th in 9 League One matches, and as a consequence the team dropped into the relegation zone.