By Bruce Archer

Three months after being sacked as manager of AFC Wimbledon, Terry Brown was among the fans singing the team’s name at Stadium MK.

The Kingsmeadow legend, sacked in September last year, clearly harbors no ill-feeling – and he still refers to the Dons as “us”.

The 60-year-old has maintained friendships built up over his five-year tenure in the Dons hot seat, so it was no surprise he wanted to be involved in the club’s biggest game since the Blue Square Premier play-off final in 2011, as his old side took on arch-rivals MK Dons in the FA Cup second round in December.

He said: “Being at that FA Cup tie in December was great for me, and it was great for the club. I was with the real fans behind the goal singing the rude songs about Milton Keynes.

“Despite the result it was a positive day. It brought in some money that Neal was able to spend in January, and the fans behaved excellently. We left with a lot of dignity from the day.”

On the injury time winner from MK Dons’ John Otsemobor, he said: “It was the flukiest goal you’ll ever see.”

Brown’s time as Dons manager came to an end in September following a poor start to the club’s second year in League Two, that saw them win one game in nine.

He said: “I think five years is a good spell at a club and I’m still in regular contact with Erik [Samuelson] and Simon [Bassey].

“There’s always the possibility of being sacked, and I’m lucky that, in 25 years of management, it’s only happened to me once.”

Brown guided the Dons to three consecutive promotions, including the big one, into the Football League, after a penalty shoot-out play-off victory against Luton Town at the Etihad two years ago.

Now he is patiently waiting for the right offer to get back into the game. “There was interest when I first left, but you need some time off to clear your head. Wherever I go, the club’s got to be ambitious,” he said.

“I could take any job and just sit there, but what’s the point? I want a job where I can challenge for promotions.

“You need a club with good support, like Wimbledon, or with financial backing to be successful.

“I’ve been back to Kingsmeadow, but obviously you need to step away a bit at first and now I’m watching football with an eye on a new job – that isn’t going to be at Wimbledon, so I’ve got to go elsewhere. I think there will be more jobs going in the summer.

“If I was a Championship level manager I’d take on the Blackburn job, but there’s only so much Venky’s chicken you can eat.”