14 Nov 2018
NEAL ARDLEY STATEMENT
“After reflecting on the last six years, I am very proud of what we managed to achieve at AFC Wimbledon in my very first role as a manager.
“The remarkable run to keep us in the league in my first year in charge, culminating in the win against Fleetwood on the last day of the season, was a baptism of fire; as was my second season, managing the club through a three-point deduction, which was an equally tough and challenging time.
“The wonderful atmosphere against Liverpool in round three of the FA Cup in my third season was undoubtedly the highlight that year and who can forget the scenes from our promotion winning day at Wembley in my fourth season. The memory of standing in front of 20,000 fans celebrating will stay with me forever.
“The last two seasons have been tough in League One as expected but another visit to Wembley against Spurs and a seven match unbeaten run to stay up last season showed the character that epitomises Wimbledon.
“I would like to thank all the players who played a part in my six years but particularly the fantastic backroom staff whose expertise, professionalism and loyalty has been instrumental in everything we have achieved.
“To Erik and the board, who have been superb in helping us drive the standards both on and off the pitch to new levels and have supported me through the tough times, I cannot thank you enough.
“Finally, a message to all the fans. A lot of you have supported me through both my playing and managing spells at the club. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent your club. I have put my heart and soul into everything ‘Wimbledon’ since I was 11 years old and I wish you all the success your support deserves.”