He spent eight years as a senior pro at Aberdeen – and Zander Diamond says Derek McInnes deserves credit for his managerial longevity at Aberdeen.
The Dons are looking to a new era after announcing the 49-year-old’s departure. He has been manager at Pittodrie since 2013, leading the club to the 2014 League Cup final victory and four second-place finishes. This season has been difficult for McInnes and he leaves after growing fan pressure and one goal in nine games.
Diamond believes McInnes will be looked upon fondly when the dusts settles: “From my experience, I was at Aberdeen for eight years and as a young kid. You are there for a long time and then you become part of the furniture.
“You might take your eye off the ball. I’m not saying I did or Derek McInnes did but eight years is a long time in football, especially in this day and age. He was the longest serving manager in the Premiership and still had the fire to rebuild.
“He churned out results and got top four league standings. In the end it just petered out. It’s a result-driven business and one goal in nine doesn’t fit. He steadied the ship in his first season and then the next season he won the League Cup final.
“To go eight years, it’s a hell of a long time, but you can’t fault his dedication. He’s left Aberdeen in a better place than what he inherited which is progress for me. It’s set up for a new manager to reignite them and see where it goes.”
Rumours will linger over who becomes Aberdeen’s new boss, Paul Sheerin, Neil Simpson and Barry Robson guiding the team until the end of the season. One man heavily linked is former player Stephen Glass, part of the 1995/96 League Cup winning side at Pittodrie.
He is currently a coach with Atlanta United, managing the reserve outfit of the MLS club Aberdeen are partnered with through chairman Dave Cormack. He also had a spell as interim boss after Frank De Boer’s exit last year and Diamond believes he could be a ‘tasty’ option.
The former defender, now running his own coaching sessions with aspiring footballers, said: “It’ll be interesting to see who they go for as there are a few names being touted about. One that looks good is Stephen Glass.
“On paper it looks like one that could be quite tasty. If we are talking about the effect Steven Gerrard has had going in at Rangers, I think Stephen Glass could have the same effect going into Aberdeen.
“One factor is that he is not on the British mainland, he is out in the USA, he is coaching in the MLS. He’d have a freshness to come in and galvanize the club with new ideas. He’s been at the football club, he knows the demands.
“He’s a former player, he won the League Cup. He knows what it means and the standards at Aberdeen. I think it’s a very attractive proposition and obviously there are the links with Atlanta. But there will be a lot of suitors, it’s interesting times.”
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