Aberdeen chair­man Milne set to stand down

Evening Times - - SPORT - Matthew Lind­say

ABERDEEN chair­man Ste­wart Milne is poised to stand down af­ter 21 years at the helm of the Pit­to­drie club.

The mil­lion­aire house­builder is set to be re­placed by vicechair­man Dave Cor­mack, the wealthy At­lanta-based busi­ness­man, and the cur­rent board re­con­fig­ured.

The 69-year-old, who opened the north-east club’s new £12mil­lion train­ing fa­cil­ity Cor­mack Park along with leg­endary for­mer man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son three weeks ago, is keen to con­cen­trate on his other business in­ter­ests af­ter two decades in charge.

Milne re­placed Dick Don­ald as a di­rec­tor at his boy­hood he­roes in 1994 and took over from Don­ald’s son Ian as chair­man four years later.

Aberdeen de­clined to com­ment last night, but it is be­lieved the move will be con­firmed when the an­nual ac­counts, which will be voted on at their AGM next month, are re­leased soon.

Milne has ploughed mil­lions into the Lad­brokes Premier­ship club in the last 21 years and turned them into one of the ma­jor clubs in Scot­land once again. How­ever, Aberdeen have only lifted one tro­phy dur­ing his ten­ure, the League Cup in 2014.

For­mer Aberdeen chief ex­ec­u­tive Cor­mack, a life­long sup­porter who sold his soft­ware com­pany Brightree for £567m in 2016, is set to as­sume con­trol of his boy­hood he­roes.

His first task will be to find fund­ing for their pro­posed new £50m sta­dium at Kings­ford on the out­skirts of the city.

Cor­mack, who di­vides his time be­tween the United States and the north east, is renowned for his char­i­ta­ble dona­tions. The Cor­mack Fam­ily Foun­da­tion put in £10,000 to the AFC Com­mu­nity Trust in 2014. He also do­nated £100,000 to help es­tab­lish the Mag­gie’s Cancer Car­ing Cen­tre within Aberdeen’s Royal In­fir­mary.

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