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Aberdeen appoint new manager

Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen appoint their new manager following the departure of Derek McInnes which came on the 8th of March.

Former Dons midfielder Stephen Glass is set to return to the club as their new manager, with Celtic captain Scott Brown favourite to be named as his assistant.

Glass has previously played for Hibernian, Watford and Premier League outfit Newcastle, and is expected to leave his role as head coach of Atlanta United’s reserve side in the United States.

CLUB STATEMENT

Aberdeen FC today confirms Stephen Glass as its new manager.

The 44-year-old Scotland International returns to the Club he played for between 1994-1998, having managed 60 professional games with Atlanta United as head coach of Atlanta United 2 who play in the USL full-time professional league below MLS, and as interim head coach of Atlanta United’s MLS team following the departure of Frank De Boer.

A promising youngster, who graduated through the ranks at Pittodrie and went on to make 131 appearances in an Aberdeen shirt, Stephen enjoyed Hampden glory in the 1995 League Cup Final, where he was man-of-the-match, before moving south and playing in the English Premiership under some notable figures in the game, namely, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson and Gianluca Vialli.

Following an impressive playing career, Stephen was assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers before moving to America where he has become a highly respected coach, learning his trade at Carolina RailHawks, Triangle Futbol Club and Carolina Rapids. Having held his UEFA Pro Licence since 2014, he joined Atlanta United in 2018 focusing on their elite U17 squad before undertaking the role of head coach of Atlanta United 2, in 2019.

Stephen’s managerial experience aligns with AFC’s overarching coaching and playing philosophy; to inspire our supporters through an exciting brand of football with homegrown talent at its core, competing and winning at the highest level possible.

Stephen is delighted to be returning to Pittodrie and is enthusiastic about the challenges that lie ahead.

“It is a real honour to be named Aberdeen FC manager. Since my retirement from playing, I have been focussed on becoming the best coach I can be with the aim of being in a position to secure an opportunity such as this.

“Having worked with a number of esteemed managers and coaches in the game, my football education has been extensive and my time with Atlanta United 2 has afforded me the chance to develop some exciting young players and hone my coaching skills.

“From the initial conversations I have had with the Chairman and the board this week I am hugely excited about the plans that are being put in place for next season. Dons’ fans can be assured by my drive for Aberdeen to compete fiercely and to win.”

AFC Chairman, Dave Cormack added, “During our recruitment process our football strategy, philosophy and the key attributes we desire in a new manager led us to short-listing and interviewing a number of emerging highly talented, driven and ambitious coaches. Stephen was the outstanding candidate for the role. He is a bright, young, emerging manager who has all the attributes we are looking for to take this club forward.

“His winning mentality, having been mentored in the ‘Aberdeen Way’ from an early age by the likes of Teddy Scott, Alex Smith and Willie Miller, and desire to embrace the Club’s strategy were key factors in our decision. He is committed to an exciting, attacking style of football and maximising our player budget so we can get the best out of, and right balance between, experienced players and, crucially, developing and playing young first team players.

“His coaching style and track-record of developing young players at Atlanta United, like George Bello from the academy to the first team, to now becoming a US international player, and working with top professionals like Argentinian international Pity Martinez, a South American player of the year, who Atlanta United then sold for around $20 million, along with his leadership and communication skills are exactly what we need at this juncture for Aberdeen Football Club.”

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Aberdeen have been on the look out for a new coaching team since manager Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty left the club earlier this month.

Glass is still in the US, though could be in charge for the remaining five games of Aberdeen’s league campaign as well as the Scottish Cup, with the assumption he he arrives in Scotland in time to complete a quarantine period.

The 44-year-old is understood to have been earmarked for a return to the club he once played in the 1990s since they agreed their strategic partnership with his current club Atlanta.

The MLS side’s president, Darren Eales also sits on Aberdeen’s board, while the club’s chairman, Dave Cormack, is based in Atlanta.

Glass could be joined at Pittodrie with Scott Brown, who he played with at Hibernian, it would end the midfielder’s trophy-laden, 14-year spell with Celtic.

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He has earned himself many honours including 10 Scottish Premiership titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups at Parkhead since arriving from Hibernian in 2007.

Last week, Celtic interim manager John Kennedy said Brown will decide on his future at the end of the season which is when his contract is up.

In February, Brown, 35, dismissed the idea of moving into coaching in the near future, saying: “I am still too young for that.”

Aberdeen are currently fourth in the Scottish Premiership, seven points behind third-placed Hibs.

Sky Sports News reporter Charles Paterson says: “This is not a surprise. Derek McInnes left Aberdeen two weeks ago but Stephen Glass’ name had been mentioned to me even before McInnes had departed. McInnes was set to probably leave in the summer but that was accelerated by Aberdeen’s poor results.

“Atlanta United and Aberdeen have got a strategic partnership and Dave Cormack, the Aberdeen chairman, is based in Atlanta. He knows Glass very well indeed.

“In Aberdeen, the rumours have been rife for months – that Stephen Glass could be returning to the club that he played for in the 1990s. He won the League Cup with them as a player. This is a homecoming for Glass, and I’m told that he was the outstanding candidate for the job from the moment it was clear McInnes would be leaving.

“Scott Brown wants to get into coaching. He’s done coaching badges, he’s been involved with the youth teams at Celtic.

“Glass and Brown played together at Hibernian at the start of Brown’s career. Nothing has been confirmed but Brown has been tipped to join Glass ever since the news broke that McInnes was leaving Aberdeen.

“Given the uncertainty at Celtic about who’s going to be the new head coach and if there’s going to be a restructure, it would make sense for Brown to want to make a decision on his own future.

“He is the favourite to join Glass on the coaching staff – and perhaps play – at Pittodrie.”

GLASS’ CAREER:

Youth career
1992–1994 – Aberdeen

Senior career
1994–1998 – Aberdeen – 112 games (8 goals)
1994–1995 → Crombie Sports (loan) – 27 games (1 goal)
1998–2001 – Newcastle United – 42 games (7 goals)
2001–2003 – Watford – 74 games (4 goals)
2003–2007 – Hibernian – 86 games (3 goals)
2007–2010 – Dunfermline Athletic – 58 games (6 goals)
2010–2011 – Carolina RailHawks

National team
1995–1997 – Scotland U21
1996–2003 – Scotland B
1998 – Scotland

Teams managed
2012–2014 – Shamrock Rovers (assistant)
2017–2020 – Atlanta United 2
2020 – Atlanta United FC (interim)
2020– Atlanta United 2

Fans reacted with Aberdeen set to appoint an ex-Newcastle, Watford, Hibs player as their new manager…

@CallumAUFC: Sad to see Scott Brown tarnish his record and not finish his career as a one club man.

@scottl1872: Aye its a shame he can’t erase 15 years of his career and go back to Hibs..

@JamieBriody: Hope Glass does a smashing job

@DiscussDandies: One thing I will say about Stephen Glass is that his recruitment will likely be far more interesting than McInnes’ was. Whether that’s for better or for worse is yet to be seen. Still intrigued whether he’s announced as a “head coach” or “manager”.

@Trigger__87: I think brown is a great addition to have in the coaching and playing staff, he’s a winner. Don’t know much about Glass in terms of coaching and management.

@AB10_d: We’ve already got enough ‘winners’ in our back room staff that are hopeless at producing good players, good football and results.

@ConalGTracey: I’m really intrigued by the potential appointment of Stephen Glass. Obviously the Atlanta-Aberdeen link is the key factor but Cormack could be playing a blinder here. Brown starting his coaching career away from Celtic is a good move but I’m glad he’ll still be kicking a ball.

@RobSimpson76: Start with – if it does happen in the next 48 hours 🟥⬜️🟥 Excited to see what Stephen Glass can do at Aberdeen – there will be ££ available, new manager + new team 2021/22. Scott Brown coming in is the icing on the cake – leader, winner and will stand for nothing less than 💯

@utd_adam_: I’m not even exaggerating when I say that a Stephen Glass and Scott Brown duo would make me want to cease existing

@ES1903_: Stephen Glass i could just about support if it wasn’t for scott brown

@AndrewTurley10: Looks like Scott Brown is off ski then to join the Aberdeen staff with Stephen Glass. To Celtic fans, the guy is a legend and to Rangers fans a pain in the arse lol but credit to him for his gesture with Kamara at the weekend and he went up in my estimations after that

@deektrucker73: Stephen Glass record as manager doesn’t make for inspiring reading. I’m actually alright about Scott brown coming. Sure he’s a c**t but he’s a winner and exactly what we need right now .

@50sEKBOY: Broony should be staying @CelticFC & gradually move into coaching. If all goes well, when he hangs up his boots & we have B Team in lower Leagues, put him in complete charge, then move to 1st Team when it’s time. It’s his body that isn’t as young, not his football brain.

@Danielhiggins11: I’m all for Scott brown coming to Aberdeen, winning mentality etc can’t be a bad thing for what we have just now. Stephen glass though,what a borefest hire your yank best mate appointment

@ChuckDeNomolos: Glass I’ve an open mind on. Brown I don’t want anywhere near our club.

@ClaireAllinson1: It’s so left field that it might actually work…….

@MacDJ1985: I can see them dropping down a few places, maybe even struggling for top 6 – relatively unproven manager/assistant with a squad full of ageing players

@andyhmurray: I am not at all convinced Stephen Glass will be a good Aberdeen manager… but I am 100% here for the sheer CHAOS of the King of Scottish Football, Scott Brown, as assistant manager. FIRED UP.

@kermit2601: I’m coming round to the idea of Brown. Just not with Glass. Nowhere near enough experience. Brown with an experienced manager or Glass with an experienced assistant. Not both.

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