Derek McInnes’ time as Aberdeen manager has ended after eight years.

The 49-year-old became Dons boss in 2013 after he held management positions at St Johnstone and Bristol City. He guided the Pittodrie club to a League Cup victory in 2014 and McInnes has also secured four-second place finishes.

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Derek McInnes joined Aberdeen from Bristol City and has spent eight years at Pittodrie. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

His transfer work has also made Aberdeen millions in player sales while he also rejected the chance to become Rangers manager in 2017. But the Dons haven’t won silverware since 2014 , reaching four finals and nine semi-finals in total, and have hit a bad patch of league form.

They have won just twice in 2021, scoring once in their last nine matches. McInnes’ relationship with chairman Dave Cormack has reportedly become strained in recent months and now Aberdeen have decided to part ways with the former Bristol City manager.


Assistant manager Tony Docherty will also leave Aberdeen alongside McInnes. Cormack said: “During his time in charge Derek raised the bar and delivered a level of consistency not seen at the Club for many years, qualifying for Europe each season, and delivering a memorable Scottish League Cup win at Celtic Park in season 2013/14 with 43,000 Dons fans in attendance.

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Cormack has confirmed the news. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Clearly, results since the turn of the year have been disappointing and frustrating for everyone. Derek and I reviewed where we were and agreed that this was the right time for him to step down.

“The Club now has the opportunity to appoint a new manager ahead of the new season where, with a number of players out of contract, we have work to do to build a competitive squad. Derek and Tony leave with our thanks and gratitude for what they have achieved during their tenure. We wish them well for the future.”

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