Paul Ince`s planned departure from MK Dons has left the club`s players "bitterly disappointed", according to assistant manager Karl Robinson.
Ince - who has a five-match touchline ban - resigned as Dons manager on Friday, but, despite the club stating he would stay on until the end of the season, the former England midfielder was not present at stadium:mk for Saturday's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wycombe.
Robinson admitted he and coach Alex Rae picked the team to face the Chairboys, adding: "We will be in charge on Monday. The manager is obviously speaking to the chairman on a regular basis to see where that leaves us from now until the end of the season."
The Dons assistant continued: "Paul wasn`t here. He`s got a touchline ban so he can't even come in the dressing room, he can`t do anything so he stayed away from the game.
"On Friday morning he sat down and spoke to the players and said: 'Listen, this is my decision, I want to resign.'
"To say Paul`s departure has come a bit out of the blue is an understatement.
"The players are bitterly disappointed but they are professionals and they`ve got a job to do.
Kevin Betsy's stoppage-time strike condemned the Dons to defeat after Aaron Wilbraham had twice cancelled out goals from Alex Revell.
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