Neil Warnock has been appointed as Aberdeen interim manager until the end of the season.
The 75-year-old returns to professional football once again after leaving Huddersfield in September, with the Dons his 17th different club in British football – but his first in Scotland.
Warnock replaces Barry Robson, whose eight-month tenure came to an end last Wednesday after Aberdeen were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Dundee the previous night, which left the club eighth in the Scottish Premiership.
First-team coach Peter Leven oversaw the side’s 1-1 draw with Celtic at Pittodrie on Saturday. Warnock’s first game in charge of Aberdeen will be Tuesday night’s trip to Rangers, live on Sky Sports.
Warnock’s recent spell at Huddersfield was his second at the club and he has spent time in charge of the likes of Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City in a managerial career that has spanned more than 40 years.
He announced his retirement from football in 2022 before taking over at Huddersfield and now extends his career even further in the Granite City.
Aberdeen once rejected Warnock…
Warnock is no stranger to Scottish football, previously telling Sky Sports that he was a Rangers fan and that he had once applied for the Dons job, without much luck.
“I remember applying for the Aberdeen job once and I never got a reply at all,” he said.
“I asked Laurent D’Jaffo, one of my ex-players who was at Aberdeen, what it was like up there and he said ‘Gaffer, it is the only place the seagulls never land – it’s the coldest place on earth.’
“But I never got a reply to Aberdeen but you just don’t know what’s around the corner. I’m fascinated with challenges now.”
Boyd: Someone needs to get a grip of Aberdeen
Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of Aberdeen’s draw with Celtic on Saturday, Kris Boyd was critical of the Dons’ decision to appoint an interim manager – hitting out at owner Dave Cormack for not creating a succession plan after Robson’s sacking.
“They want to appoint an interim manager. I don’t quite know why they’ve got to that stage,” said Boyd.
“If you win games of football, you keep your job. It doesn’t matter how you play. Aberdeen, from where they are at this moment in time in the league, is an absolute disgrace. You can blame Europe but there are other games as well.
“Aberdeen, as a football club, need to get a grip of this situation. If you look at Dave Cormack, he wants to control everything. He has every right, he’s the owner of the football club.
“But there have been three managers sacked in the end of January and the beginning of February under Dave Cormack. Two heads of recruitment have been sacked. Where are Aberdeen going as a football club?”
Aberdeen’s next five fixtures
- Rangers (a) – Scottish Premiership – Tuesday – live on Sky Sports
- Bonnyrigg Rose (h) – Scottish Cup – Saturday
- Motherwell (h) – Scottish Premiership – February 14
- Hibernian (h) – Scottish Premiership – February 17
- Kilmarnock (a) – Scottish Premiership – February 24
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