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 Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 13:34 GMT
Dons appoint Speirs
Gardner Speirs (left) with former boss Ebbe Skovdahl
Speirs (left) takes over from Skovdahl
Aberdeen have appointed Gardner Speirs as caretaker manager at the club.

Speirs' appointment to the Pittodrie hotseat follows the resignation of Ebbe Skovdahl.

Dons chief executive Keith Wyness rejected Skovdahl's offer to remain until the club found a replacement.

Aberdeen have instead plumped for Speirs, who will be assisted by Drew Jarvie.

"I was asked to take over as caretaker boss at Pittodrie and am honoured to do so," said Speirs.

"I am well aware of the challenge which faces us, so I am going into this with my eyes wide open.

"I feel the course of action taken is for the best as we don't want an air of uncertainty to hang around the club.

"My focus, and that of my staff and players, is firmly on Saturday's game against Motherwell when hopefully we can see an upturn in form, performance and results."

Wyness said Speirs would be in full charge of all football matters until Skovdahl's successor was appointed.

"The club is in the midst of a difficult period and we are grateful to Gardner for taking the reins just now," added Wyness.

Former Dons striker Eric Black, one of the early favourites for the post, has ruled himself out of the running for the job.

The ex-Motherwell manager, now assistant to Gary McAllister at Coventry City, said: "An agent contacted me and asked if I would be interested in putting myself on the shortlist for the Aberdeen post.

"At this stage for family reasons I don't want to be considered.

"I have to stress that I haven't been offered the job, just asked if I wanted to be considered."

That leaves Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Steve Paterson and Falkirk boss Ian McCall as the principal front-runners for the post.

 VOTE RESULTS
Who should be the new boss at Pittodrie?

Eric Black
 38.34% 

Ian McCall
 16.82% 

Steve Paterson
 44.83% 

1510 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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