Paul Ince has today been unveiled as the new manager of MK Dons.
The former England captain, 39, quit League Two rivals Macclesfield to take up the post at the National Hockey Stadium, which was vacated by Martin Allen's departure to Leicester last month.
Ince, who helped the club preserve their Football League status on the final day of last season having taken over when they were rooted to the bottom, admitted: "My heart has said stay but my head has been telling me to go to MK Dons".
Ince's assistant Ray Mathias and fitness coach Duncan Russell have also quit Moss Rose.
Ince was persuaded to join the Dons by ambitious chairman Peter Winkelman's five-year plan to reach the Premier League.
The Milton-Keynes-based club failed in the play-offs last season, losing to Shrewsbury in the semi-finals.
Ince told Sky Sports news: "Looking at the squad, which I have done, then I don't think we're that far away from getting into the first division (League One).
"Last year we got 84 points, which should be good enough to get promotion but obviously they fell at the last hurdle against Shrewsbury.
"So we're not too far away from achieving what we want to achieve. Two or additional players to the squad and hopefully we'll be there."
Ince revealed he consulted with his wife Claire before taking the post.
The pair have three children and are based on Merseyside, which made commuting to Macclesfield relatively easy but which poses Ince problems now he will be working in Milton Keynes.
Ince said: "I'm going to be away for three or four nights a week and she's got to cope with the kids, so it was also a family decision.
"If she hadn't wanted me to go then I would have probably stayed at Macclesfield - but I need to push on and I want to manage in the Premiership.
"Hopefully I can do it with MK Dons, or somewhere else, but this is a great start for me."