Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has detailed the club’s aspiration for improved performances in Europe during the club’s AGM on Monday.
In comments published on the club’s website, Cormack talked up how well Derek McInnes has improved Aberdeen’s performances in recent years. However, now the chairman’s aim is for the Pittodrie side to be ranked amongst the top 100 in Europe.
“We’ve qualified for Europe”
“On the field, during Derek McInnes’ tenure we’ve gone from being ranked 289th to 148th in Europe today. Why? Because we’ve qualified for Europe every season under Derek” Cormack said (Aberdeen website).
Cormack also disclosed that the club hopes to reach the group stages of any of UEFA’s major club competitions. That would help the club move closer to achieving the goal of being ranked in the top 100 clubs.
“Our aspiration is to get into the Top 100 and to do that we need to qualify for the Group Stages of any of UEFA’s three competitions, including the new Europa Conference League which starts next season. Something much harder to do than when we last achieved it. But it’s absolutely an aspiration to get there.”
Chairman impressed with team’s performances
The Aberdeen chairman also discussed the football that the club has played this season, and the style that McInnes wants to be played at Pittodrie.
“Derek has made it clear that our strategy is to play an attractive and entertaining style of football. This season, prior to losing 8 players through COVID‐19 isolation and injuries, we were being roundly applauded for how we were playing. Close to half-way through this season we are on track for over 70 league points which would see us qualify for Europe once again.”