MK Dons have confirmed that club captain Dean Lewington will take up a position as their interim first team manager.

With the club without a first team manager after Russell Martin’s departure to take over Swansea City head coach, the Dons have confirmed Lewington will be in interim charge and take charge of the preparations for the Dons’ match against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, which is scheduled to be the opener of the club’s League One season.

The news was confirmed by MK Dons on social media, which was backed up by further comments from the club’s Sporting Director Liam Sweeting in an interview with local press.

In a Tweet, the Dons said, “Liam Sweeting has confirmed that Dean Lewington will take interim care of #MKDons while the club searches for a new manager.”

Lewington was working as player-coach at the Dons in the set-up under Martin, but with the manager taking his coaching staff to Wales with him, Lewington has now been handed the role while the club searches for Martin’s replacement.

The 37-year-old defender has made over 800 appearances for the club, and has played in every season since MK Dons’ first season in 2004. He also won the club’s Player of the Year award for last season.

MK Dons have also confirmed that Lewington is not presently interested in being the club’s next permanent first team manager.