Ardley 'living the dream'

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Former Wimbledon star Neal Ardley says it is special for him to manage AFC Wimbledon
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Former Wimbledon star Neal Ardley says it is special for him to manage AFC Wimbledon

Neal Ardley admits he is living the dream after taking the AFC Wimbledon manager's job, but insists his appointment is not just a "romantic" move.

Former Wimbledon defender Ardley, 40, has landed his first managerial role at Kingsmeadow after replacing Terry Brown, who was fired last month.

"I have always dreamed of being a manager and I always hoped that one day I would get the chance to be a manager," he said.

"From that point of view, I will be living the dream on Saturday and it is great that I am doing that at a club close to my heart.

"I was born about 20 minutes away from here and I spent most of my career at Wimbledon so it is great for me. But I want this to be more than just a romantic thing, I want to be successful and to take this club forward.

"The only thing that is going to matter is results and we have to work hard as a team to get them. Hopefully, that will get people on board and there will be a good feel about the place."

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