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EX-CELT WARNS OF DONS FANS’ BACKLASH

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ABERDEEN are on the look-out for their third manager inside a year after sacking Stephen Glass in the fall-out of the Scottish Cup exit against Motherwell at Fir Park.

There was an angry reaction from the Dons fans following the latest setback which followed the team dropping to ninth in the Premiership after their early-season departure from the Premier Sports League Cup against Raith Rovers.

Under-fire gaffer Glass, however, insisted defiantly he “would not walk away” from his position at Pittodrie, as Scotzine reported.

However, chairman Dave Cormack acted swiftly in the aftermath of the dismal loss in Lanarkshire and axed the manager only 11 months after appointing him as Derek McInnes’ successor.

Former Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon, who has been out of work since exiting Parkhead just under a year ago, Jack Ross, dismissed by Hibs just a week before they lost 2-1 to Ange Postecoglou’s side in the Premiers Sports League Cup Final in December, and St Mirren’s Jim Goodwin are already among the frontrunners for the post.

Ex-Scotland international midfielder Kris Commons, writing in his Daily Mail column, was scathing on his comments of the Dons supremo and warned of a backlash from the Pittodrie support.

STUNNED…skipper Scott Brown after the Scottish Cup exit at Motherwell.

The one-time Celtic and Derby star said: “The move to appoint Glass was Cormack’s brainchild and, less than a year into the experiment, it has completely backfired.

“Over the past couple of years, during the depths of the pandemic, Cormack became one of the most prominent and outspoken club officials in Scottish football.

“He was a regular on radio shows Sportsound and Off The Ball, taking aim at the Scottish Government and the SPFL for their handling of the Covid crisis.

“Listen, some of the points he made were valid and justified. But it’s a bit rich trying to hammer the game’s authorities on national radio when you can’t even get your own house in order.

“In one of his more memorable radio appearances last October – and in what proved to be a misguided defence of Glass – Cormack spoke about Aberdeen’s early-season form.

“‘We won five of the first six games, including two against a top Swedish team,’ said Cormack, referencing the Europa Conference League qualifiers against BK Hacken.

“But he was incorrect. Aberdeen beat Hacken 5-1 at home in the first leg, before then losing 2-0 in Sweden. They prevailed on aggregate and did not, as he claimed, beat them twice.

“It was also a stretch to refer to Hacken as a ‘top Swedish team’. They went on to finish 12th, fifth from bottom in the Swedish top flight.”

SACKED…Stephen Glass refused to walk away from the manager’s job.

Commons added: “There is a bigger picture in all of this and it does not reflect well on Cormack and his stewardship of the club.

“Since he became chairman in November 2019, Aberdeen’s onfield results have been in a state of steady decline. The club has regressed. What’s the point in having a lovely new training facility if you’re languishing ninth in the league and have no hope of winning silverware?

“From that position, you’re always going to struggle to attract decent players. Over the past couple of years, their signings have, by and large, been poor.

“Aberdeen have won one trophy in the past 25 years. It hardly speaks of a big club, does it? Sorry, but there are slight delusions of grandeur and living off the history created by Sir Alex Ferguson.

“Yet, even so, they should still be in a far better position than they are at the moment. Cormack simply has to get this next appointment right. If he doesn’t, the fans will turn on him.

“They can perhaps excuse one failed appointment. Two in a row, however, would reflect really poorly on his judgement.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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