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Calderwood cools Dons exit talk

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood
Calderwood says he has had no official contact from Norwich or Utrecht

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood says he has not been approached by Norwich or FC Utrecht amid speculation linking him with a move from the Dons.

"I've heard nothing from Norwich officially. Someone phoned to tell me about odds going from 25-1 to 6-1 which is amazing," he told BBC Sport.

"In terms of FC Utrecht there have been a few calls, but that's more from agents than officially from the club."

Calderwood, 53, joined Aberdeen from Dunfermline in May 2004.

Norwich are searching for a new manager after sacking Glenn Roeder on 14 January.

Calderwood, who recently took charge of his 200th game with the Dons, is the longest serving manager at Pittodrie since Sir Alex Ferguson.

He has previous managerial experience in Holland with Willem II and FC Nijmegen and on Sunday guided the Dons to their first home league win over Celtic since 2001 to lift them to third in the table.

Calderwood said he was disappointed by the sporadic criticism he and his backroom staff have received since taking over at Pittodrie.

"We think we've done quite well and we had a wonderful season last year," he said.

We've all had criticism. Even Walter Smith and Gordon Strachan are getting it. It seems to be the way that it's going now

Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood

"We've always been in the top six, so it's been a little bit annoying."

Following Craig Brewster's sacking as Inverness manager, Calderwood said no SPL boss was immune to pressure or flak from their supporters.

"We've all had it. Even Walter Smith and Gordon Strachan are getting it. It just seems to be the way that it's going now," he said.

"You just have to accept it, as long as it stays away from the players. It's annoying, but it's better if we take it rather than the players."

"It's a wonderful club to work for, but sometimes our supporters seem to think we've got a divine right to be there.

"The boys are doing well and I can't fault them in any way."

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