Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has reacted to suggestions he only got the gig at Pittodrie because he already worked under Dons’ chairman Dave Cormack at MLS side Atlanta United – calling it an “insult to a lot of people” in the Granite City.

Cormack, who holds key roles at both clubs, went on radio earlier this week to defend Glass despite Aberdeen losing five games in a row and going ten without a win as the Dons struggle to find their feet under their new manager.

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Glass has hit out at claims over his appointment(Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The Aberdeen chairman launched into an incredible rant on Glass’ future and the Dons’ boss called the whole thing “a little bit surreal” as he accused BBC Scotland’s Kenny Mcintyre of trying to “provoke” Cormack into saying Glass should be sacked.

“I was aware that he was going on the radio,” Glass said. “His personality is to stand up for the club and the whole club feels the benefit of having a chairman like that. He showed that the other night.

“It was a bit surreal really. Listening to a radio show where basically the guys are trying to provoke the chairman by saying we think you should sack your manager. A little bit surreal.

“But you’re Aberdeen manager, you are not getting the results… I know it goes with the territory and I accept it.”

What’s harder to accept is this accusation that he only got the job because of who he knows, not who he is.

“It’s an insult to a lot of people. The chairman is not a single guy who picks the manager at this football club. I don’t think that’s ever going to be the case.

“There’s a group of people on the board who picked the previous manager and stuck by him and did very well for the club. Now they’ve chosen to put me in.


“It’s insulting to a lot of people and to be honest, there’s a clear agenda.

“I understand it. I accept it and I’ll try to prove the people right who believe in me.”

Something has to give for Aberdeen – and soon

While Glass and Cormack are happy to dig their heels in, the Dons fans are quickly becoming restless – with some wanting ex-Hamilton and Preston boss Alex Neil installed as manager.

Five defeats in a row and ten games without a win simply isn’t good enough though and Glass needs to turn things around quickly or his job will surely be under threat.

Cormack may not want to hold his hands up and admit he got it wrong hiring the former Aberdeen midfielder as Derek McInnes’ replacement but the table doesn’t lie and the Dons continue to slide towards the bottom.

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