McInnes is still our man

AFC: Chair­man Milne backs Reds boss as new train­ing fa­cil­ity opens

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY PAUL THIRD

Aberdeen chair­man Ste­wart Milne in­sists his sup­port of Derek McInnes is un­wa­ver­ing and has backed his man­ager to de­liver a top-three fin­ish this sea­son.

The Dons have en­dured a tough start to the sea­son, suf­fer­ing heavy de­feats to Celtic and Rangers, but Milne is in no doubt about his man­ager’s abil­ity to de­liver success at Pit­to­drie.

Sir Alex Fer­gu­son of­fi­cially opened the club’s new train­ing ground Cor­mack Park at Kings­ford yes­ter­day and Milne had no hes­i­ta­tion in throw­ing his sup­port be­hind his man­ager.

He said: “The world we op­er­ate in, this is what hap­pens and Derek recog­nises that. What I would say to the fans is to look at the progress we have made over the last six and a half years.

“Look at the success Derek has de­liv­ered, the club has never ex­pe­ri­enced that level of success since Fergie left. The re­al­ity of it is that all the facts and stats are there.

“Along­side that, ev­ery club ev­ery sea­son goes through a dif­fi­cult spell and that’s when ev­ery­one needs to rally to­gether.

“We haven’t had the best start to the sea­son but I know Derek’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and I be­lieve in him.

“We just have to work through it and I am con­vinced that, come the end of the sea­son, we will be up there qual­i­fy­ing for Europe and fight­ing for the top three places.”

The near £13 mil­lion Cor­mack Park is of­fi­cially open for busi­ness and Milne ex­pects the pur­pose­built fa­cil­ity to give his man­ager the tools he needs to de­liver greater success for the club.

He said: “You make an in­vest­ment for a pur­pose and want to see pay­back from it. We very much recog­nise what Derek has de­liv­ered to the club over the last six years. “The fa­cil­i­ties they have been work­ing with has been pretty poor so this gives us the plat­form to kick on from here.

“No­body ex­pects mir­a­cles overnight but this will be fan­tas­tic for at­tract­ing play­ers to the club. I al­ways be­lieve that peo­ple give more if they are in the right en­vi­ron­ment.

“And also for the youth side of it, we have to have high ex­pec­ta­tions of that over the next five years or so.”

Milne knows the Dons, even with their new train­ing ground, can­not com­pete fi­nan­cially with the Old Firm but he be­lieves the new de­vel­op­ment can still take the club to new heights.

He said: “We will never com­pete with Celtic and Rangers fi­nan­cially but we can com­pete with them in breed­ing play­ers, and per­haps even be bet­ter than them at it.

“Some of them need to be tar­gets for us in the fu­ture, so we can do deals for re­ally good play­ers who are do­ing well at 15 or 16.

“There will be big changes in the Euro­pean game in the next decade, no­body knows what it’s go­ing to shape up like, but we hope it will cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for clubs like our­selves.”

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

ALL SMILES: From left, Dave Cor­mack, Sir Alex Fer­gu­son and Ste­wart Milne at Cor­mack Park.

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