Published: 06/03/2013 12:50 - Updated: 10/04/2013 14:21

Football column: MK Dons assistant boss Mick Harford looks forward to reunion with Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson


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It will be good to see Danny Wilson on Saturday.

We don’t speak that often but I’d class him as a good friend of mine and we always chat when we see each other at a game or on the circuit.

I played with him for several years at Luton and it was difficult to say whether he would go on to be a manager. Everyone thought Steve Foster, our captain at Luton, would be a coach but he never even bothered. He went on to do other things. It takes all sorts to be a manager.

Danny was very quiet, very hard working and a good professional. He got an opportunity and took that path.

We’ll shake hands and catch up on Saturday but we know it is going to be hard work for us. Sheffield United have got good support, good stature and their desire to get back in the Championship is clear.

Danny has got them playing a certain way but we go into the game believing we can win it. In fact, we believe we can win the next two.

While it will be good to say hello to Danny again, we said goodbye to Alex Rae last week. I was sad to see him go.

We got on really well and he will be a big loss to us, but he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with his friend, Paul Ince, really.

Alex is a good football man, has an eye for a player and is good to have around the place. But he lives in Glasgow so working in Blackpool will be more closer for him.

Lots of managers have sidekicks and Paul clearly trusts Alex. I had a good relationship with Joe Kinnear. He gave me the opportunity to do the Reserves at Wimbledon and then took me to Luton with him as his assistant.

Joe liked playing with a target man and it makes me laugh when people talk about false number nines and playing with no centre forward.

Just look at all the great coaches in the world and when they are chasing the game they throw a big centre-half up front.

I believe there will always be a need for that type of striker at any level of football. A target man is pivotal in most systems.

The game has evolved and you see teams playing with three or four or five in midfield or one off the striker. But I believe the main thing is you are flexible. You can’t be rigid and you have to switch, like we did against Barnsley in the cup when we matched their midfield diamond at half time.

Flexibility is part of the approach Dan Miccichie and Mike Dove are teaching our academy kids. We have some good ones coming through and they have now won five on the spin.

They won 5-4 on Saturday so are clearly an entertaining team.

Karl has implemented a style of play at the club and everyone is buying into it.

Obviously, everyone talks about Giorgio Rasulo and Brendan Galloway and Dele Ali but Mason Spence has done well, too. They are the four stand-out players and hopefully they will progress with us and have great careers.

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