Paul Sheerin says Derek McInnes has set the standard for the next Aberdeen manager after his exit earlier this week.

McInnes was boss at Pittodrie for eight years before his exit on Monday, winning the League Cup in 2014 and guiding the club to four second-place finishes. But a poor run of one goal in nine games has resulted in his exit, assistant manager Tony Docherty also leaving the club.

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Leaving the Dons. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Interim manager Sheerin says McInnes has set the standard bar high: “It has been a subdued week at Cormack Park. Personally, I am gutted. Derek and Tony brought me into the club seven years ago and gave me the opportunity of working in full-time football again.

“It is the first time I have experienced this as a member of staff (the management team leaving), but I have experienced it as a player. Both of them are brilliant people. You don’t just build up working relationships over eight years, you build up friendships as well.

“I feel that my family and the two of their families have built up a relationship over the past few years as well. You can tell that everybody feels it around the club. They are brilliant at what they do. They have consistently delivered results for this football club.

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Thankful for both. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The standards are huge at Aberdeen, Derek and Tony have always demanded that. When I was a player at St Johnstone, they came in and brought the standards up and they arguably set the standards at St Johnstone to what are there now, they are part of that grounding. Hopefully whatever happens next those standards will be kept, and it will be part of Derek and Tony’s legacy.”

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