MK Dons signing Hamann: Liverpool coaching not enough for me

New MK Dons signing Didi Hamann says he enjoyed his time coaching at Liverpool.

New MK Dons signing Didi Hamann says he enjoyed his time coaching at Liverpool.

After a year away from football, Hamann is back after signing a one-year deal with League One outfit MK Dons as player-coach. After leaving City, he could have signed for ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson at League Two Notts County last season.

Eriksson was the big-name frontman as County, under their previous owners, tried to recruit top stars.

Sol Campbell signed up - and quit after one game.

Hamann said: "From the outside, it didn't look right to me. What happened proved that myself and others who didn't go were right. I'm glad I didn't go. It was a big bubble with obviously not much behind it.

"I spoke to Sven a few times. I would have liked to have carried on playing last season but I wasn't carrying on just for the sake of it. Things have to be right and it's the reason I am here at Milton Keynes.

"It's a very professional club with the new stadium, training facilities and gym. This is a club that wants get into the Championship as quickly as possible - and maybe into the Premier League one year.

"During the past year, I've done my coaching badges and quite a bit of coaching with the Liverpool academy, plus some TV work.

"But I missed playing. It's what I have done for more than 15 years. You watch games on a Saturday and you want to be involved. I didn't have any doubts about committing to Milton Keynes. I had a good feeling about this."

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