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Neil Warnock joins Aberdeen as interim manager untill end of season

Published at :February 05, 2024 at 05:23 PM
Modified at :February 05, 2024 at 05:24 PM
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Neil Warnock has been appointed Aberdeen manager until the end of the current season by which time the Club will have concluded a wide-ranging review of the football operation.

Neil joins Aberdeen FC, along with his assistant Ronnie Jepson, and will take the team for the match against Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday. Peter Leven will continue in his role as first team coach.

Neil has been in the dugout for over 40 years, covering almost 2,000 matches – the most of any manager in the history of English professional football.

That has taken him to 15 different clubs including Sheffield United, Leeds Utd, Crystal Palace, QPR, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and, most recently, Huddersfield Town.

In his managerial career he’s had a remarkable eight promotions at seven different clubs – another English Football League record, including leading three different teams to the English Premier League.

Chairman Dave Cormack said: “From the moment we first spoke with Neil his enthusiasm for managing Aberdeen was infectious.

“He has had an incredible career in management, not only in terms of volume of games and winning promotions, but also of coming into clubs at short notice and making an immediate impact.

“We look forward to Neil, Ronnie and the team pushing hard in the remaining four months of the campaign as we still have a huge amount to play for both in the SPFL Premiership and the Scottish Cup.”

Commenting on his arrival at Pittodrie Neil said:

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge here at Aberdeen.

“I’ve made no secret of the fact I’ve always wanted to manage in Scotland so when I spoke to Dave and Alan and they asked me to help out it just felt like the right opportunity.

“By all accounts there is a good group of lads here and it’s my job now to get the best out of them.

“Aberdeen is a big club with clear ambition and I’m hoping that during my time here the supporters will get behind the team and I can put a smile on their faces.”

This appointment gives the Club time to complete its planned detailed review of the football operation which began at the end of last year and will inform and support the process of selecting and appointing a new management team ahead of season 2024-25.

Regarding the review, Cormack said: “Ambitious clubs regularly invest in independent advice to support internal coaching, data analysis, recruitment, and medical teams with the goal of improving performance through continuous learning and development.

“The highly experienced team of independent advisors, who do this work with some of the best clubs across the globe, will make recommendations to allow us to understand what we can improve upon in terms of best practice going forward.

“The review will include benchmarking the Club against similar teams that currently outperform us in Europe.

“With this work well underway, and due to be completed by early April, we are aiming to have a new management team confirmed by the end of the season.”

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