Ex-AFC Wimblebon player Neal Ardley has been named as the club's new manager
AFC Wimbledon have appointed former player Neal Ardley as their new manager.
Last Updated: 10/10/12 4:58pm
The 40-year-old takes over the reins a month after the dismissal of Terry Brown following a poor start to the League Two campaign.
Ardley has spent the last five years as Academy manager at Cardiff City and has overseen the development of the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ledley during that time.
He made almost 250 appearances for Wimbledon during an 11-year spell at the club, although chief executive Erik Samuelson insists his links with the club had little bearing on his appointment.
Samuelson told the club's official website: "We put the candidates through a very exacting interview process.
"They were all very impressive but it wasn't difficult to pick out the outstanding candidate for the role.
"With four graduates from our Academy already in the first team squad, Neal's background in bringing through young players fits perfectly with our commitment to youth development. We are looking forward to working with him."