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Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes
2013-2018
 
Craig Brown
Craig Brown
2010-2013
 
Neil Cooper
Neil Cooper
(Caretaker)

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
(Caretaker)

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
 
Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes Successor to Craig Brown, Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty quickly settled into Pittodrie at the tail end of the 2012-2013 season. Joining the Club at that stage gave the management team a great opportunity to assess the playing staff and prepare through the summer for the season ahead.
Building on the already improving squad established by his predecessor, McInnes' team went through a very positive pre-season and opened the League campaign with home and away wins. Through the season form was more up than down and the team managed to finish third in the League table, returning Aberdeen to European competition for the first time in five seasons. More importantly they enjoyed an exciting run in the League Cup competition culminating in the Club's first silverware success for 19 years. A second place in the Premier League was also secured.
Season 2015/16 saw more improvement, with the manager again demonstrating his ability to operate wisely in the transfer market, and in the Aberdeen performance in the Premiership, with a comfortable second place being achieved. This came despite a catalogue of injuries to players being suffered late in the season. As in the previous season, the Dons had an early start in Europe and had an outstanding away success against the much fancied HNK Rijeka before creating a record for the longest journey to a European tie in the next round against Kairat Almaty.
Building a track record of continuous improvement with the Dons and making them comfortably the nearest challengers to the fiscally dominant Celtic, the press frequently associated his name with any management jobs that came up elsewhere. In June 2017 Sunderland FC approached Aberdeen for permission to talk to our manager but he elected to remain at Pittodrie, clearly still relishing the prospects of strengthening this club further.
Quickly following up on this, the club negotiated a contract extension that would take Derek and his assistant, Tony Docherty, up to the summer of 2020 and giving him the potential to become one of Aberdeen's longest serving managers of the post-war period.

In November and December 2017, Glasgow Rangers ran a clumsily protracted campaign to recruit McInnes and Tony Docherty to manage their football operation, but on 7th December the manager confirmed that he preferred to remain at Pittodrie to pursue the objectives he had for the Dons.


 
AFC Managerial Record
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
Europe 24 9 8 7 35 24 11
League 212 121 37 54 327 211 116
LeagueCup 19 10 3 6 24 16 8
Other 29 23 3 3 78 25 53
ScotsCup 16 9 2 5 26 18 8