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Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes
2013-2014
 
Craig Brown
Craig Brown
2010-2013
 
Neil Cooper
Neil Cooper
2010-2010
 
Mark McGhee
Mark McGhee
2009-2010
 
Jimmy Calderwood
Jimmy Calderwood
2004-2009
 
Steve Paterson
Steve Paterson
2002-2004
 
Gardiner Speirs
Gardiner Speirs
(Caretaker)

2002-2002
 
Ebbe Skovdahl
Ebbe Skovdahl
1999-2002
 
Paul Hegarty
Paul Hegarty
1998-1999
 
Alex Miller
Alex Miller
1997-1998
 
Keith Burkinshaw
Keith Burkinshaw
(Caretaker)

1997-1997
 
Roy Aitken
Roy Aitken
1995-1997
 
Willie Miller
Willie Miller
1992-1995
 
Alex Smith
Alex Smith
1988-1992
 
Jocky Scott
Jocky Scott
1988-1991
 
Ian Porterfield
Ian Porterfield
1986-1988
 
Archie Knox
Archie Knox
1986-1986
 
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson
1978-1986
 
Billy McNeill
Billy McNeill
1977-1978
 
Ally MacLeod
Ally MacLeod
1975-1977
 
George Murray
George Murray
(Caretaker)

1975-1975
 
Jimmy Bonthrone
Jimmy Bonthrone
1971-1975
 
Eddie Turnbull
Eddie Turnbull
1965-1971
 
Tommy Pearson
Tommy Pearson
1959-1965
 
Dave Shaw
Dave Shaw
1955-1959
 
Dave Halliday
Dave Halliday
1937-1955
 
Pat Travers
Pat Travers
1924-1937
 
Jimmy Philip
Jimmy Philip
1903-1924
 
Alex Smith
Alex Smith It was always going to be an impossible task to follow on from the rmearkable acheivements of Alex Ferguson, and the task seemed to bee too much forIan Porterfield.The Dons did not have to look far for a replacement as Porterfield already engaged Alex Smith in a limited capacity.Aberdeen had decided to go for a complete overhaul and appointed a three-tier managment team with Jocky Scott joining Smith as co-manager. Drew Jarvie also made a welcome returna as assistant manager. Both Scott and Jarvie were former Aberdeen players and their return was devastating for Dundee who were now left seeking a new managment team.

Smith had always enjoyed the great European nights at Pittodrie as often as he could while he was manager at St Mirren. He was aware that the dons had slipped from grace in European terms- "It has been something of a famine recenly when you look back at the clubs' recent record, however i would defy anyone who said that Aberdeen are no longer a force in Europe. I was with our youth team in Switzerland recently and i can assure you that Aberdeen are still abig name in Europe. There was something very special about Pittodrie on European nights and i want to bring that back again." Alex Smith would have final say on team affairs with his partner Jocky Scott looking after the first team training. The first task for Smith was to bring in an experienced keeper. Jim Leighton had moved onto Manchester Utd and he moved quickly to bring in The Snelders from Twente.

The new Aberdeen manager also had to strengthen the side up front as a lack of goals under Portefield was a concern. Utility player Paul Masson was also brought in as Smith opened up a new market in Holland. Under the new regime things certainly improved as the Dons began to show the flair that was sadly lacking under Ian Porterfield. However, despite challenging for all domestic honours Aberdeen eventually had to settle for a second place behind Rangers, as well as losing out in another classic League Cup Final to the Ibrox side. It was in season 1989/90 that under Smith and Scott, reminder the world that they were still around when the silverware was still being handed out. Sucess in both the League and Scottish Cup was tangible reward for the efforts of the Dons managment team. In 1989 the Dons returned to Hampden and defeated their great rivals Rangers with two Paul Masson goals. In May 1990 an Histroic Scottish Cup was decided by penalties for the first time. It was big Brian Irvine who scored the decisive penalty after Theo Snelders had saved from Anton Rogan of Celtic. By that time Smith had again plundered the Dutch market and brought in Hans Gillhaus, a European Cup winner with PSV Eindhoven. A record buy at £650,000, the Dutch internationalist was an immediate success and he formed a brief but stunning partnership with Charlie Nicholas. Aberdeen had also finished as runners up in the league once more and it was the following season's league race that was to prove decisive for Alex Smith.

Although the Dons boss had failed to ignite the European passions at Pittodrie that had become so familliar at Pittodrie, the one real prize that Aberdeen coveted was the League Championship. During season 1990/91 the Dons emerged as the only real challengers to Rangers who had been dominant under Graeme Souness. In games between Aberdeen and Rangers there was little to choose between the teams, but the long haul of the league was eventually settled on the last dramatic day at Ibrox in May. Aberdeen had clawed back a big Rangers lead to take the race right down to the wire. On the penultimate day of the season Aberdeen still trailed Rangers and their fate was still out of their control. The Dons eased past St Johnstone at Pittodrie but it was at Fir park that the whole race was blown wide open. Rangers had been rocked by the departure of Souness to Liverpool and they were stunned to lose 3-0 at Motherwell. When the dust had settled down it emerged that Abedeen could go to Ibrox on the day and get a draw to win the title. Rangers were clearly rattled. In a game that was played in a vitriolic atmosphere it was two Hateley goals that kept the title at Ibrox. The Dons inquests were long and bitter. Aberdeen had gone in to the last game of the season on the back of a 12-game run that had brought them real success. At Ibrox, an apparent change in tactics provbed disastrous. Alex Smith was clearly not helped by the fact that he had to throw rookie keeper , Michael Watt in to a match of such importance. Even then, the Dons missed two gilt edge chances to take the lead. It could have been all so different, but Alex Smith was never really forgiven for that day.

The hangopver was to linger into the following season. There was little evidence of what was to follow as the Dons started the season brightly. Alex Smith seemed to have found a winning blend. However a shock defeat at home to Airdrie in the League Cup set the alarm bells ringing. Against BK1903 Copenhagen in the UEFA Cup things deteriorated so much that there were fans demonstrations all around. It was a real test of Alex Smith's resolve and his cause was not helped when Jocky Scott jumped ship shortly after the European tie to take over at Dunfermline. These were certainly troubled times at Pittodrie and there seemed no way back for Smith as the Dons had slippe to mid table . What was of more concern was the dip in Pittodrie crowds. Apathy seemed to rule, as there was no prospect of Aberdeen maintaining interest in the season beyond January. Such a scenario had been unheard of in recent times.

It all came to a head after another disappointing result at home to Hibernian. Smith was defiant to the end and was eventually sacked in Febuary 1992. On Reflection it seemed harsh and in hindsight the club may have wished to take another course of action but with Willie Miller having taken over the running of the young Dons it was the former Dons legend that was asked to restore the clubs fortunes.



 
AFC Managerial Record
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
Europe 10 3 2 5 7 8 -1
League 140 70 42 28 215 120 95
LeagueCup 16 13 0 3 37 10 27
Other 9 3 4 2 23 14 9
Reserves 1 1 0 0 3 1 2
ScotsCup 12 5 4 3 21 10 11