Craig Brown rejects talk of Derek Adams taking over

Manager Craig Brown and assistant Archie Knox have restored Aberdeen to respectability. Picture: SNS
Manager Craig Brown and assistant Archie Knox have restored Aberdeen to respectability. Picture: SNS
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VETERAN Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has no intention of accepting a new role at Pittodrie to make way for a younger coach.

The 72-year-old’s future position with the north-east club was thrown into question following last week’s comments by the club’s vice chairman, George Yule.

The former Scotland manager is out of contract in the summer and while negotiations have yet to get under way, Yule did intimate there was a place for Brown.

What wasn’t clear is exactly what that would be as the former Ross County director indicated he saw Brown relinquishing trackside duties in favour of dynamic young coach.

Given Yule’s previous connection with the Highlanders, that increased the conjecture that Derek Adams was being seriously considered for the post.

It is not a theory Brown himself gives any credence to, believing that chairman Stewart Milne will give him time to complete the work started just over two years ago.

Back then, Aberdeen were bottom of the SPL following Mark McGhee’s disastrous time in charge and the current manager believes he has earned the right to continue after returning them to a position of respectability in difficult circumstances.

When asked is he was frustrated by the uncertainty surrounding his future, Brown said: “Not in the least. It doesn’t even concern me.

“The chairman has said that Brown and Knox are going nowhere, they are staying.

“I would suspect he is a bit disdainful about the speculation. I am. I’m doing my job and I’m happy.

“I don’t think it’s true that they are looking at Derek Adams. I’ve heard that but there’s been no indication to me.

“We are in contention at the top of the league, we are still in the Scottish Cup and we have sold six players in 18 months.

“I’m not saying things are great but they are pretty stable, pretty good as there’s not another club in the country sold six players in 18 months for money.

“Of that number Chris Maguire, Richard Foster and Sone Aluko were all international players and the rest were youth internationals.

“Alright Dundee United got more money for one player, David Goodwillie, but they have only to replace one while we had to replace six from the out-of-contract market.

“We will get better, but when we came to Aberdeen they were below Hamilton and Dunfermline at the bottom of the league and we have had to get a new team.”

Brown is already planning for next season and is interested in Caley Thistle striker Andrew Shinnie, but knows there will be a lot of competition for the player.

In the meantime, chief executive Duncan Fraser is trying to do a deal with Sheffield Wednesday to make Mark Reynolds’ loan deal permanent.

The defender has spent the last year at Pittodrie after his move from Motherwell to the Hillsborough club went sour after a couple of managerial changes.

His deal runs until the summer of 2014 but there seems little chance of the Owls’ current manager Dave Jones wanting the player and Brown is happy to step in.

Brown added: “We will be chasing up the possibility of whether we can get Reynolds permanently. I would like to see what we could do with that.

“I have not personally had any contact with Sheffield Wednesday. However, Duncan Fraser is on the case to see if there is any possibility of doing a permanent deal.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeen announced last night that 20-year-old Jordon Brown – who signed a new long-term deal at Pittodrie recently – has joined Forfar Athletic on loan and he will remain with the Second Division side until the end of the season.

“This is very much a temporary arrangement,” added the manager, “because we see 
Jordon as a goalscoring midfield player who has a bright future with the Dons.”