Carling Cup: MK Dons v Norwich City

Norwich City face a testing trip to newly-promoted Milton Keynes Dons in the first round of the Carling Cup.

Norwich City face a testing trip to newly-promoted Milton Keynes Dons in the first round of the Carling Cup.

And the Dons, League Two champions last season, were today given a huge boost ahead of the new campaign with the news that

Leicester have been denied permission to speak to manager Paul Ince about the vacancy at the Walkers Stadium.

Foxes chairman Milan Mandaric made an official approach to Dons owner Pete Winkelman last week with regards to his promising young manager succeeding Ian Holloway, who left the club following relegation last season.


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A statement release by the Dons read: “Following discussions between the chairman and Paul Ince, it has been decided that Paul will not be pursuing the opportunity at Leicester City.

“Given Paul's success in his emerging managerial career, it can come as no surprise that speculation continues to see his name linked with a number of managerial vacancies.

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“In spite of this, as we look forward to the forthcoming League One season, the club remains committed to keeping the hottest young manager in English football at Stadium MK.”

The first round tie, in the week starting August 11, promises to be a tough proposition for Glenn Roeder's men.

Roeder told City's official website: “MK Dons had an excellent season last year and it will be a game that we look forward to.”

The two sides last met in the competition in the 2005-06 season when the Canaries won 1-0 after extra time in Milton Keynes thanks to a goal by Leon McKenzie.

City reached round three of the competition last season when they were beaten 1-0 at Manchester City, following a 5-2 home victory over Barnet in round one and a 4-3 win on penalties at Rochdale in round two, when the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

Teams from the Championship, League One and Two are included in the draw, and are joined by Aldershot and Exeter City after they won promotion from the Conference.

Relegated Derby County, Birmingham City and Reading enter from the first round stage.

Choices for televised games are likely to be announced next week.

Full draw:

Preston v Chesterfield

Chester v Leeds

Leicester v Stockport

Sheffield United v Port Vale

Grimsby v Tranmere

Crewe v Barnsley

Hartlepool v Scunthorpe

Derby v Lincoln

Notts County v Doncaster

Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham

Shrewsbury v Carlisle

Wolves v Accrington

Bury v Burnley

Rochdale v Oldham

Nottingham Forest v Morecambe

Huddersfield v Bradford

Macclesfield v Blackpool

Walsall v Darlington

Coventry v Aldershot

MK Dons v Norwich

Wycombe v Birmingham

Brighton v Barnet

Gillingham v Colchester

Southend v Cheltenham

Swansea v Brentford

Luton v Plymouth

Exeter v Southampton

Watford v Bristol Rovers

Bournemouth v Cardiff

Bristol City v Peterborough

Charlton v Yeovil

Millwall v Northampton

Swindon v QPR

Crystal Palace v Hereford

Dagenham & Redbridge v Reading

Ipswich v Leyton Orient

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