Barker ready for new challenge

Richie Barker says he took the MK Dons' assistant manager role to "do something a bit different".

Just two days after leaving Portsmouth, having overseen just four wins in 20 games, Barker was alongside Karl Robinson on the bench as his new employees lost to Wolves on Saturday.

And the 38-year-old explained why he decide to join the Dons until the end of the season as the replacement for Gary Waddock who left to manage Oxford last month.

"Once I left Portsmouth I decided I was going to have a break from management and do something a bit different," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"It was far tougher than I thought it was going to be. It wasn't something I thought I couldn't do, it was just that I probably underestimated how tough it was going to be at that particular time.

"In the end the best thing for everyone was to get a fresh face. I had a conversation with Karl not long after I'd left Portsmouth. I agreed I would help him until the end of the season.

"It was an enjoyable day and something extremely different. It's the first time I've sat in a dugout and not been the manager. But I enjoyed it and it's a good staff and a good group of players."

Meanwhile Robinson has confirmed that midfielder Ben Reeves will not play again this season having suffered ankle ligament damage.

"I'm gutted to lose Reevesy because he's been one of our players of the season," Robinson told the club's official website. "I know he'll work around the clock with our medical team to get right."