Derek McInnes has thanked Aberdeen after the former Bristol City and St Johnstone manager left Pittodrie on Monday night.

The 49-year-old joined the Dons in 2013 after a spell managing Bristol City, having previously occupied the St Johnstone boss’ chair. He has enjoyed success over an eight-year period at Pittodrie, finishing second four times.

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The former Bristol City manager has left Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He has also won the League Cup but further silverware has alluded him, despite nine semi-finals in total. Aberdeen sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership but have scored just once in their last nine matches.

McInnes says the 2020/21 campaign has been tough: “This season has been unprecedented due to a number of factors and I am as frustrated as anyone that results haven’t been of the high standard which we set.

“My motivation to deliver success has never wavered and during my eight-year tenure. My staff and I have worked hard to elevate expectations and set a minimum standard which should be demanded at a club like Aberdeen FC.

Derek McInnes has left Aberdeen.

Disappointing end for Derek McInnes.  (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I would like to thank all the players who have featured in my teams over the years, my current staff and players for their efforts and all the staff behind the scenes for their hard work and endeavour. To the supporters for their continuous backing and, of course, the board for their support during my time at the club.”

Chairman Dave Cormack has confirmed that an interim team of Paul Sheerin, Barry Robson and Neil Simpson will lead the team until the end of the season: “The Board will start the search for the new management team immediately and has a clear timetable in place.

“In the meantime, we believe we have a robust interim solution for the rest of the season and the Scottish Cup which is still all to play for!”

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