Jon is still the Main man for ex-Dons boss
Ex-Dons boss Terry Brown has lifted the lid on why he thinks legendary striker Jon Main never followed Danny Kedwell into the Football League.
Main, who announced his retirement two weeks ago, formed a deadly partnership with the Gillingham frontman as the Dons secured the Conference South title.
The 32-year-old netted 61 goals in 91 appearances, but left the club having found the going tougher at the top of the non-League game.
Kedwell went on to score the penalty that fired AFC Wimbledon into the Football League before signing for the Gills, while Main’s star faded before calling it a day at Ryman Premier League strugglers Thamesmead Town.
And Brown, who has a fondness for the Dons hero, had an idea of what may have held him back.
“He was a scallywag, a larger than life character and you had to check what he was up to and what he was doing the night before a game,” he said this week.
“But he’s the epitome of the best non-League footballers out there. When you get players who score 40 or 50 goals, it is not a fluke.
“At whatever level you’re scoring 40 goals, you can play a higher level. Jon was a perfect example of that – a fantastic goal-scorer.”
He added: “When we went into the Conference Premier, he started picking up injuries, and was never able to get a long run in the team. I think they caught up with him.”
Brown, currently a scout for England C, is yet to find his way back into management, which has come as a surprise to many – including himself.
“It is difficult out there, you don’t realise how difficult,” he added.
“I was 20 years in management without getting sacked. When I was finally out of work I assumed my CV was a good one – especially in non-League. I thought I would have a chance.”
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