BURTON EYES PREMIERSHIP RETURN
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 'Crazy Gang' lost their top-flight status at the end of the 1999/2000 season and had to sell many of their stars, with Carl Cort going to Newcastle United and Neil Sullivan opting for Tottenham Hotspur.
The Dons also let forward Jason Euell go to Charlton Athletic in a £4 million summer deal, however Burton maintains promotion is still a realistic target and he hopes new signings Neil Shipperley and David Connolly can shoot the Selhurst Park club into The Premier League.
"We want to get promotion to the Premier and I don't mind what way it comes. If it is automatic we will take that, but if it's through the play-offs we'll settle for that," stated The Dons` supremo.
"Having said that there's going to be 20 teams in the First Division that will be thinking that if they can get it right, then they've got a chance of reaching the top six," he added.
Meanwhile, Wimbledon received a pre-season boost with a £1 million sponsorship deal from supplements giant Maximuscle.
The company came under fire from British athlete Mark Richardson who blamed their supplements for him failing a drugs test.
However, Maximuscle were cleared of any charges and Dons chairman Charles Koppel confirmed: "We would not have signed if we did not feel they were an appropriate partner."