LIAM Manning believes he is a better coach after his struggles with MK Dons earlier this season.

Oxford United’s new boss, who began work on Monday, was sacked by MK Dons in December.

The Buckinghamshire side parted ways with Manning on December 11, with the side second from bottom in Sky Bet League One and enduring a run of just one win from 11 league games.

However, the 37-year-old says the experience has allowed him to improve his skills as a manager.

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He said: “MK was a really good experience and the funny thing is, I leave MK as such a better coach having had that challenging four-month period versus if I’d left in the summer when your stock’s higher.

“I’m a much better coach having gone through that, and having some time out to reflect, come back in and evolve.

“You can look at in two ways – you can be emotional and downbeat, or you can go and take from that experience what’s going to make me a better coach, and allow me to progress and become a better version of myself.”

Manning took over at MK Dons in August 2021, leading them to third in League One and the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Wycombe Wanderers.