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Jimmy Calderwood does not expect Aberdeen approach

Gordon Strachan and Jimmy Calderwood
Strachan and Calderwood suggest they are unlikely to be Dons boss

Jimmy Calderwood has not ruled out a return to Aberdeen as manager but does not expect an approach to come.

Former Dons midfielder Gordon Strachan, for family reasons, has dismissed reports linking him with Pittodrie.

But former Hibernian boss John Hughes, ex-St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson and ex-Dons striker Billy Dodds have all expressed an interest in the vacancy.

"I had a great time at Aberdeen," said Calderwood. "But I don't think that question would be asked by Aberdeen."

Calderwood, who still claims that the reasons for his sacking in 2009 have never been explained to him, suggested that there would have to be internal changes at the Scottish Premier League club for him to consider a return.

However, the 55-year-old, who left Kilmarnock in the summer, told BBC Scotland: "Beggars can't be choosers. I have been out of the game for a long time.

"Although, to do again what we done before would be very, very difficult."

I would more than welcome an opportunity to talk with the club's board about the job

John Hughes

Calderwood admitted that he was surprised that his successor, Mark McGhee, who was sacked on Wednesday, had been unable to build on the squad he left as Europa League qualifiers.

"Mark was going to add to that and we also knew lads like Peter Pawlett and Fraser Fyvie were coming through," he said.

Dodds, who was assistant to Gordon Chisholm at Dundee until the pair were sacked as the club went into administration in October, also indicated that he would be interested in the job.

"Like Jimmy, I know the club inside out," he said. "I've not applied for any jobs, but I would think seriously about that one.

"That is a job that anybody would want. It is one of the biggest jobs in the country."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss Terry Butcher, whose team is enjoying a fine season back in the SPL, is a possible target for the Dons board.

Another being touted is Billy Stark, the former Dons midfielder presently in charge of Scotland's under-21s, who made no comment about the vacancy.

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn has been linked with the post, but the First Division club have revealed that they have had no contact from Aberdeen.

"It's a credit to John and the job he's done here that every time a managerial vacancy comes up his name is always mentioned," said chairman David Somerville.

"We would hope he's here for many seasons to come and can take us to the SPL.

"John is under contract for this season and next, and if a club were to approach us we would be interested to hear what they had to say," he added.

However, it is understood that MacPherson, who left St Mirren in the summer, would like the job, while Hughes, who was sacked by Hibs this season, was prepared to make his interest known.

"Aberdeen are a huge club with a great tradition and magnificent fans," said Hughes.

"I would more than welcome an opportunity to talk with the club's board about the job.

Scotland Under-21 coach Billy Stark
Stark refused to comment about the Aberdeen vacancy

"There is a nucleus of very good young talent at the club.

"Aberdeen is a one-club city and the challenge of taking the club back close to the top of Scottish football is one I would relish."

Strachan, who enjoyed success with Celtic but left Middlesbrough in October with the Teeside outfit near the foot of the Championship table, was quickly installed as favourite by some bookmakers.

However, when asked by BBC Radio 5 live's Roddy Forsyth if he fancied the job, the Scot replied: "Only if I wanted Lesley to divorce me."

Former Scotland goalkeeper Jim Leighton, who was part of the successful Aberdeen team of the 1980s along with McGhee and Strachan, would also be "very surprised" if the latter took charge at Pittodrie.

"Gordon and Mark are best mates, so I wouldn't think Gordon would want to take the job after him," said Leighton.

"I think Gordon's ambitions are more Championship and Premiership than coming back to Scotland.

"I'm sure a lot of people would love the manager's job, but I don't think the club will want to pay compensation on top of what they are having to pay the management team to leave.

"I imagine people like John Collins and John Hughes, who are not currently in a job, would be the favourites."

Aberdeen director of football Willie Miller told the Dons' official website that Neil Simpson will assist fellow coach Neil Cooper in taking the first team until a permanent manager is found.

"They've obviously got Paul Hartley there as a senior player in the dressing-room and team captain and he'll help in the communication side," said Miller.

"The two Neils are very committed members of the staff and just want to do the best for the club.

"I think that's the most important thing at this moment in time. We want to try to galvanise everybody to be working for the benefit of the club and going in the right direction."

And Miller added: "Mark's worked hard over the period he's been at the club, but eventually, as at any club, results dictate the future of any manager."

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