Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne believes that the best decision of his reign in charge of the Pittodrie club is hiring Derek McInnes.
The 69-year-old will step down from his role next month after it was announced that Dave Cormack will be taking over as chairman from December 16.
Reflecting on his tenure, Milne believes McInnes has helped Aberdeen grow on and off the park.
He told the Daily Record (page 52, 27/11/19): “Without a doubt, hiring Derek is my best decision. Without Derek, I don’t know if I’d have been in this position where I genuinely feel I’ll hand over the club in a better position than when I took over.
“What Derek has achieved on the park has given us the platform and momentum to really drive the club forward and get rid of the debt, double our turnover and develop Cormack Park.
“That is the reality of football – you can be doing all the right things behind the scenes but you need to be doing it out on the park on a consistent basis.”
McInnes has stabilised Aberdeen
Since his arrival, Aberdeen have been a steady ship that always challenge for Europe, and most of the time, they get it. They’ve featured in Europe every season for the past five terms.
He’s brought silverware too, although that was back in 2014 now with a League Cup. McInnes has also taken Aberdeen to eight semi-finals and finals in total.
Milne seems especially pleased with how McInnes has operated in Aberdeen and has been left in no doubt that this was the right decision for the club. It’s high praise for McInnes that the chairman think he was his best decision.
With changes upcoming, it’s an exciting time to be an Aberdeen fan.