Notts County boss Martin Allen keen to repeat MK Dons success

Martin Allen
Martin Allen took Milton Keynes Dons to the League Two play-offs in 2006-07

Notts County boss Martin Allen is confident he can emulate the progress he made in charge of MK Dons with the changes he is making at Meadow Lane.

Allen took over the Dons in 2006, following relegation to League Two.

And he rebuilt a squad that went on to win promotion the following season - after he left to manage Leicester City.

"I've had to change many things, like I did at MK," Allen told BBC Nottingham, ahead of Saturday's League One return to Milton Keynes with County.

"Over the next two years there'll be little tweaks, and we'll get stronger and stronger."

During his 11 months in charge at Stadium:MK, Allen's men team won 28 of his 55 games in charge, losing just 16, the last of which was their League Two play-off semi-final defeat at the hands of Shrewsbury Town. And he admits, with that record, he looks forward to any return visit.

"People are always lovely to me back there," said Allen.

"I think they recognise that some of the stuff they've got in place there are things that I put in place a long time ago.

"It's the same stuff I've put in place here behind the scenes.

"I'm very proud of my time at MK Dons and I think this is the first time I can go back there with a team and beat them."

Allen, who , has won eight of his 18 games in charge.

Fifth-placed Dons sit just one rung above County in the table, level on points, but having a marginally better goal difference.