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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
 
Jimmy Calderwood
Jimmy Calderwood

Jimmy Calderwood started his professional career with Birmingham City in 1971, making his debut against Stoke City in 1972. He made 159 appearances for the Blues until switching to Cambridge United in 1979. He spent a short time in Cambridge before accepting the offer to move to the Netherlands, where he spent almost 10 years playing for Sparta Rotterdam, Willem II Tilburg, Roda JC and Heracles Almelo before retiring in 1989.

After a few assistant coaching positions, Calderwood moved into management in his own right by taking over Dutch club NEC Nijmegen in 1997. After a two year spell there, Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic moved to make him their new manager. Calderwood spent five seasons at East End Park where he led the club to their highest ever SPL position, finishing 4th in 2003/04. That season the side also reached the Scottish Cup final, guaranteeing their return to European competition for the first time in 35 years as opponents Celtic had already earned Champions League qualification.

In the summer of 2004 Willie Miller, returning to Pittodrie as Director of Football, brought Calderwood to Aberdeen to replace Steve Paterson as manager.

Since his arrival in the Granite City, Calderwood has overseen an improvement in Aberdeen's fortunes on the playing field. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for European competition in 2004/05 and 2005/06 but finished the 2006/07 league campaign in third place, ensuring UEFA Cup qualification in 2007/08.

It was in that season that Calderwood led Aberdeen through to the group stages of the UEFA Cup for the first time. Aberdeen qualified from a tough section that included Lokomotiv Moscow, Atletico Madrid, Panathinaiokos and FC Copenhagen. A memorable 4-0 win over the Danes took Aberdeen through to a last 32 meeting with Bayern Munich, evoking memories of 1983.

Despite losing to Queen of the South in 2008 and again to Dunfermline a year later in the Scottish Cup at crucial stages, Calderwood guided Aberdeen to another 4th place finish and a coveted Europa league slot.

Jimmy left the club in May 2009 .

 



 
AFC Managerial Record
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
Europe 8 1 4 3 9 14 -5
League 190 79 49 62 236 214 22
LeagueCup 11 6 1 4 18 12 6
Other 42 28 5 9 109 39 70
ScotsCup 17 8 5 4 30 26 4