Dons boss Ardley will raise a glass over Christmas, but not too many

Sutton Guardian: Merry Christmas: Neal Ardley Merry Christmas: Neal Ardley

The festive party season is upon us, but Neal Ardley says his own party life is well and truly behind him.

While the Dons players must watch their yule-tide extravagances ahead of League Two matches on Boxing Day at home to Southend United, on December 29 at home to Plymouth and New Year’s Day at Dagenham & Redbridge, the boss could be forgiven for letting his hair down.

However, Ardley appears to be leading by example – or is it by chance?

“I was more of a drinker when I was a player, which is probably the wrong way round really,” he said.

“My social life has gone down the pan. I don’t really like going out and having loads and loads to drink.

“I love a glass of wine indoors at the weekend, and on Christmas day I will have a few glasses of wine with the family during dinner, and enjoy it.

“But I will always be thinking about the next day.

“Come Boxing day, I’ll want to get up, go for a nice run and clear my head, and get ready to go for it in the afternoon.”

He added: “Everything in moderation. That’s the way these days.”

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