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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
 
Eddie Turnbull
Eddie Turnbull In marked contrast to the same-day appointment of new Dons boss Tommy Pearson back in 1959, when Pearson relinquished his post in February, 1965, the board took 16 days to announce his successor - the Queen's Park coach and former Hibernian inside-forward, Eddie Turnbull.

Turnbull, born in Falkirk on April 12, 1923, had little or no Aberdeen connection and, in that respect, his appointment was reminiscent of that of Dave Halliday some 27 years earlier. Eddie?s football career began with Grangemouth club Forth rangers, but his introduction into senior soccer had to await the termination of hostilities in World War Two. He signed for Hibs on the resumption of competitive football after the war and proceeded to play out his entire senior career in the green and white of the Edinburgh club.

Turnbull quickly developed into a highly competitive "no-nonsense" type of inside-forward and became an integral part of the legendary Hibs "famous five" forward line that was a prime factor in Hibernian landing the league title on three separate occasions between 1947 and 1952. He was capped eight times by Scotland.

In 1959 he called it a day as a player but remained at Easter Road in the capacity of trainer until March, 1963, when he decided to accept the post of coach at Queen's Park. With Turnbull in charge, the "Spiders" had their best season in years and, indeed, in January, 1964, took the Dons to a replay and extra-time at Hampden in a Scottish Cup second round tie that probably ultimately put Eddie in the frame for the Dons manager's job when it fell vacant a little over a year later. Once in charge at Pittodrie, Turnbull, the first real "modern" manager in Aberdeen's history, wasted no time in stamping his powerful personality on the club and a new discipline was instilled into the players that survived a very severe clear-out within weeks of Eddie's arrival at the end of the 1964-65 season. The club's scouting system was similarly savaged, with only the incomparable chief scout Bobby Calder surviving the Turnbull axe.

From the outset, it became clear that Eddie Turnbull would be a no-nonsense disciplinarian as a manager but he did not neglect the finer points of the game. For the first time, training featured a ball apiece for the players as the new boss infused many of his own qualities as a player into his new-look Dons side and gave the fans a new respect in their club. In his first full season in charge, Turnbull guided the Dons to mid-table respectability over an erratic league campaign, but, importantly, on the Scottish Cup front, ended Aberdeen's run of disastrous exits with a run to the club's first semi-final for seven years, where they took Rangers to a replay before losing 2-1 at Hampden.

Most important of all was the fact that the Aberdeen public regained faith in the team and were backing that up in ever-increasing numbers as they sensed a team on the rise. The following season, the fans' faith in Turnbull was justified by Aberdeen's first appearance in the Scottish Cup final in eight years (thus gaining the Dons their first-ever place in Europe) but unfortunately, illness robbed him of the chance to accompany his charges to Hampden, where the Dons undoubtedly missed his leadership and went down 2-0 to Celtic.

The relative success of Turnbull's first two years in command had been achieved mainly by the introduction of inexpensive but experienced players such as Harry Melrose and Jim Storrie, but as Turnbull sought to get the club on a sounder footing y blooding young talent, such as Jimmy Smith and Tommy Craig, the next two campaigns under the ex-Hibs midfielder proved to be a leaner period.

The 1969-70 season looked to be heading down the dame road, and the fans, looking back on the departure of both Smith and Craig south of the border, began to wonder if the club's policy of selling unsettled players could ever lead to anything other than coming close to success on occasions. However, Turnbull's new blend of talent leapt to prominence with a memorable Scottish Cup run that culminated in a sensational 3-1 upset win over Celtic in the 1970 final and Eddie Turnbull only the second manager in Dons history to guide his side to Scottish Cup glory.

The following season, the Dons proved their cup form was no flash in the pan and all but ended Celtic's five-year domination of the Scottish League scene, but the Turnbull's bitter disappointment, his side fell at the final hurdle with the title just out of their grasp.
To the dismay of players and fans alike, Eddie was introduced back to his Easter Road roots to manage Hibs during the 1971 close season. In earlier seasons at Pittodrie he had rejected approaches by the SFA to take charge of the national side, and by Rangers who wanted him as manager at Ibrox, but the pull of Easter Road proved too strong.

At Easter Road he continued in much the same vein as at Pittodrie, taking Hibs to the odd Hampden event and running the Old Firm close for the title over two successive seasons, but the advent of the Premier League seemed to mark the end of the best years for Eddie Turnbull as a manager. He remained in the manager's chair at Easter Road until April 1980, by which time he had been co-opted to the Hibs board. On leaving the game, Eddie Turnbull turned to the licensed trade and ran his pub in Edinburgh.

On the 30th of April 2011, a Saturday, Eddie passed away. It was only a few days after his 88th birthday and he had been at Pittodrie when Hibs came calling on the 9th of April. Typically, although frail, he remained razor sharp, and still called a spade a ******* shovel.



 
AFC Managerial Record
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
Europe 10 6 1 3 24 12 12
League 214 100 42 72 386 278 108
LeagueCup 42 18 11 13 67 66 1
Other 58 32 12 14 139 61 78
ScotsCup 29 18 6 5 60 21 39