It seems that the decision has been made as to the identity of the next Scotland manager. The Evening Times is reporting that Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke is set to become the new man in charge of the national side.

Should the report be true it is good news for Aberdeen fans. It means that Derek McInnes will not be departing Pittodrie in the close season.

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A contender for the job

McInnes was reportedly one of the three contenders for the job, alongside Clarke and Scot Gemmill.

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However, Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack told the BBC that McInnes was not going to be leaving Aberdeen for Scotland.

That seems to be the case, as the SFA have identified Clarke as the man who can help Scotland return to a major tournament for the first time since 1998.

A real blow had manager left

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It would have been a real blow to Aberdeen had McInnes left. They would have needed to conduct a manager search and get the new man in quickly ahead of next season.

For the moment that seems to be off the table, and McInnes can continue his rebuilding job at Aberdeen. It must have been a worry for all at Pittodrie that McInnes could have upped and left to take over at Scotland.

Thankfully for Aberdeen, that worry is over, and as a result they can look forward to next season.

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