Just two days before Aberdeen play their first major cup final in 14 years, the Pittodrie side have been given a major boost as manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty have signed two year contract extensions, which will see the duo stay at the Granite City club until summer 2017.
Speaking exclusively to the official Aberdeen website, club chairman Stewart Milne said: “It’s fantastic that Derek and Tony are committing themselves for the long haul and I’m sure our supporters will be as pleased as everyone at the Club is. We were convinced from day one that they didn’t see the task at the Club as being anything other than a long term project and having our management team on long term contracts, in addition to an important nucleus of the playing squad on similar deals, bodes extremely well for the future.
“Derek and Tony have had a major impact on the Club since taking over the reins, we are all delighted with the progress to date, but as Derek keeps reminding us, we are very much at the start of a journey, hopefully Sunday will be another major step along the way, however success to him will not be viewed on the back of one good season, but on being able to sustain the Club at the top end of the league, competing at the final stages for trophies, playing in Europe, on a sustained basis, and that is also what everyone associated with the Club desires”.
Manager Derek McInnes added: “When Tony and I arrived at Pittodrie we knew we would need time to transform it into our squad. We have demonstrated this season that we are definitely heading in the right direction but we’re far from the finished article. We both really enjoy working at the Club but we are only some way towards what we would like to achieve here. It’s great that the Board also believes we are doing a decent job and the additional contract allows us time to really plan for the future in terms of developing the squad.”
Aberdeen, under McInnes, are currently second in the Premiership three points ahead of nearest rivals Motherwell. They have also reached the Scottish Cup semi-final where they will face St Johnstone and will face Inverness Caley Thistle on Sunday and are favourites to win the first piece of silverware of the season season.