Aberdeen have sacked manager, Derek McInnes following a dip in results which has seen us score just once in our last ten games.
McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty were both under contract until the summer of 2022.
It’s a disappointing end to his managerial career with Aberdeen, and whilst recent form has not been great, Derek did secure silverware after winning the Scottish League Cup in 2014 and delivered second-placed finishes in the Scottish Premiership in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The decision to move on from the current management team was taken at a Board meeting today, after he received the dreaded vote of confidence from Chairman, Dave Cormack in early February.
AFC Chairman, Dave Cormack, said: “During his time in charge Derek raised the bar and delivered a level of consistency not seen at the Club for many years, qualifying for Europe each season, and delivering a memorable Scottish League Cup win at Celtic Park in season 2013/14 with 43,000 Dons fans in attendance.
“Clearly, results since the turn of the year have been disappointing and frustrating for everyone. Derek and I reviewed where we were and agreed that this was the right time for him to step down. The Club now has the opportunity to appoint a new manager ahead of the new season where, with a number of players out of contract, we have work to do to build a competitive squad.
“Derek and Tony leave with our thanks and gratitude for what they have achieved during their tenure. We wish them well for the future.”
Over the remaining six league games an interim team, led by Paul Sheerin and supported by Barry Robson and Neil Simpson, will strive to deliver European football with a third placed finish.
Cormack added: “The Board will start the search for the new management team immediately and has a clear timetable in place. In the meantime, we believe we have a robust interim solution for the rest of the season and the Scottish Cup which is still all to play for!”
Commenting on the announcement, Derek McInnes said: “This season has been unprecedented due to a number of factors and I am as frustrated as anyone that results haven’t been of the high standard which we set.
“My motivation to deliver success has never wavered and during my eight-year tenure my staff and I have worked hard to elevate expectations and set a minimum standard which should be demanded at a Club like Aberdeen FC.
“I would like to thank all the players who have featured in my teams over the years, my current staff and players for their efforts and all the staff behind the scenes for their hard work and endeavour. To the supporters for their continuous backing and, of course, the Board for their support during my time at the Club.”