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Derek McInnes signs a new two year deal with Aberdeen

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Aberdeen have announced that manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty have signed a new two year deal with the Pittodrie side, keeping the duo at the North East club until 2019.

Speaking to the official Aberdeen website, McInnes said: “I’ve said all along that I don’t want our tenure with Aberdeen to be remembered for having lifted one trophy and that we are looking to have the type of scenes witnessed last March replicated on a regular basis.

“Tony and I are totally committed to bringing as much success as we possibly can to this Club and, while we’ve already achieved some progress, we still have a long way to go. This is a great club, with great fans and a fantastic squad of players and I’m looking forward to what promises to be an exciting season ahead.

“The commitment shown by the Chairman and the players towards me made this decision very easy to make and that commitment from Tony and myself will be reciprocated.”

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne added: “I’m sure this news will be as huge a boost to our supporters as it is to me personally. Derek and Tony have made tremendous progress in the two years they have been here and I’m absolutely delighted that they want to remain to see through the job that they’ve started.”

McInnes ended Aberdeen’s 19 year wait for silverware when his side won the League Cup in 2014, and the 43-year-old helped guide Aberdeen to second place in the Premiership last season, finishing 17 points behind league champions Celtic.

He had been linked to the vacant manager’s job at Ibrox and was believed to have been one of the five candidates touted for the position.

Aberdeen return to pre-season training next week as they look to get ready for another Premiership campaign along with European football.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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