DEREK McINNES has opted to reject EFL Championship side Sunderland in favour of remaining at Pittodrie. Earlier in the week, the club gave the Teeside club permission to speak to their manager following David Moyes’ resignation last month; however, after initial talks, McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty, have elected to stay with the Premiership runners-up.
In a statement released this evening, the club clarified their position and announced that the management team would be in place until the end of their contracts, at least.
Club Chairman, Stewart Milne, made ecstatic comments regarding the decision by McInnes and Docherty to snub the championship club and stay at the second best side in Scotland.
“I am personally absolutely delighted that Derek and Tony have agreed to stay and have never doubted their commitment to the Club.
“Given what Derek has achieved here, there is inevitably going to be interest from other clubs and in making the decision to stay, he has demonstrated how much Aberdeen Football Club means to him. It is now up to all of us, the Board, staff, players and supporters to show how much we appreciate having him at the helm by getting right behind him in every way possible.
“I make no bones about it, it would have been a massive blow to lose Derek at this time, not only when we are about to embark on the new season, but knowing that so much more can be achieved with them driving the Club forward.
“Derek is not only ambitious for himself, he has real ambitions for the Club and we are all on the same page as to what we would like to achieve over the next period. We are in the process of rebuilding a strong squad to ensure we continue our on-field progress, we need to deliver the new Training and Community facilities and subsequently the new Stadium.
“Over the last four seasons, I have built up an extremely strong relationship with Derek and that has been very important through this current challenging time and I am convinced that by continuing to work closely together, and with the rest of the team, that relationship will go from strength to strength.”
Derek McInnes himself added to the statement to discuss his aspirations with his club and what he believes they can strive towards. “As the Chairman has said, I have ambitions in the game and while there was interest from elsewhere, and I did talk to Sunderland, I feel there is so much still to be done here at Aberdeen. While we have lost players from last season, they will be replaced by signings of similar quality and our first challenge is to reach the group stages of the Europa League after coming so close in each of the last three seasons.
“Since the first day I arrived at Pittodrie, my biggest gripe has been the lack of training facilities and, with progress at last on that front, it’s something I am keen to see through to its conclusion”.
“The delivery of these training and Community facilities are vital, for helping retain our top players, attracting new players to the Club, the development of our young players, and equally importantly enable us to play a far greater role in the wider community. I sincerely hope everyone across the Region can pull together to help develop these facilities”.
“The recent investment in the Club from Dave Cormack, who has rejoined the Board, now puts us in an even healthier situation financially and that will allow us to be in a position to take the Club to the next stage. We have improved season on season and that is not something I’m planning on changing.”
Aberdeen fans will be delighted that McInnes has opted to remain at the Dons and surely it can only mean that he has been given assurances that he will be given funds to solidify the side’s place in the league and fight of the challenge from Rangers, Hearts and Hibernian.