JIMMY CALDERWOOD has hailed the man who gave him the boot as Aberdeen boss.
The former Pittodrie gaffer admitted he was delighted for club supremo Stewart Milne after the Dons booked their Scottish Cup Final place next month following their 3-2 win over Hibs.
Calderwood said: “It’s wonderful for the club and for the chairman.
“He’s a fantastic man although, of course, he eventually gave me the sack!
“I’m really pleased for everyone at the club and manager Derek McInnes is doing a superb job.”
Calderwood, who was fired in May 2009 after five years as Dons chief, said: “Aberdeen are a great club, it’s a great city to live in and I’m absolutely chuffed.
“I have to be honest, though, I thought the players might have lost it a wee bit midway through the second-half.
“But they hung in there and they deserved their success in the end.”
Calderwood had the opportunity to take the team to the 2008 Scottish Cup Final before an astonishing 4-3 semi-final defeat from Queen of the South.
He recalled: “Aberdeen played a lot better against Hibs than the Aberdeen I had.
“Back then, we just didn’t turn up at all.
“After we were beaten that day, I can tell you it was a long, long journey home.
“Even two days after the game, everyone in the city was depressed.
“It’s a lot easier to travel up the road after a triumph, that’s for sure.
“This win will give the Dons a lot of confidence.
“And it would be nice to see the chairman smile after next month’s Cup Final.”
Milne certainly wasn’t in the mood for mirth after the League Cup Final back in November when they were cuffed 3-0 by Celtic!