Jim Goodwin will remain in charge of Aberdeen for Saturday’s game at Hibernian, but the club’s board has been warned that ‘immediate action is required’ following Monday’s shock defeat at Darvel. ing.
Goodwin, who had just joined the club in February after leaving St Mirren, was under pressure to be sent off for the Scottish Cup at the hands of the sixth-tier junior club.
This came after Aberdeen had just one win in their last nine games in all competitions after losing 5-0 to Hearts earlier this month.
A board meeting was held Wednesday and the future of the 41-year-old director was a major topic of discussion, but he plans to continue in his role and will be responsible for Saturday’s trip to Hibernian.
Chairman Dave Cormack said in a statement: “We recognize that Monday’s disastrous Scottish Cup result was completely unacceptable.
“It added insult to injury after such a poor result against Hearts, following a strong semi-final performance against Rangers in Hampden.
“The Football Oversight Committee, which consisted of Stewart Milne, Willie Garner, Stephen Gunn and myself, had a full and frank meeting with Jim. Since then, the overall bad results have continued, so it was necessary.
“Based on the extensive discussions over the past two days, we believe the senior players and teams are behind the manager. Combined with the discussions at today’s conference, Jim will be a bargain on Saturday.
“But let me be clear, Jim has no doubt that the Board and the fans want an immediate response from him and the players.”
“Goodwin with the lowest feelings a manager can have”
Former Aberdeen defender Alex McLeish has expressed sympathy for Goodwin after what was arguably the worst result in the club’s history against Darvel.
“Oh my god, it’s a shame,” said former Rangers, Birmingham, Scotland manager McLeish.
“I don’t want to get involved in the big headlines for my old club.
“I have sympathy for the club and[owner]Dave Cormack is good company. I know he’s serious about taking them to a better level, but they’ve dragged them a mile. I’m afraid I’ve lost it.”
Aberdeen’s next five games
- Hibernian (a) – Saturday
- Saint Mirren (h) – February 1
- Motherwell (h) 4th February
- Celtic (a) – 18 February
- Livingstone (h) – 25 February
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