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 Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 13:37 GMT
Paterson named new Aberdeen boss
Steve Paterson and Duncan Shearer
Paterson (left) and Shearer take over at Pittodrie
Aberdeen have appointed Steve Paterson and Duncan Shearer as their new managerial team.

The pair were officially unveiled at a media conference at Pittodrie on Wednesday lunchtime.

The current Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager and his assistant's move to Pittodrie had been Scottish football's worst-kept secret in recent days.

After 48 hours of negotiations between all of the parties concerned, a compensation deal was agreed between the Dons and Caley Thistle, which includes a friendly between the sides.

Dons chairman Stewart Milne said he was delighted to be welcoming "one of Scotland's brightest young managerial talents" to the club.

Paterson admitted that it had been a wrench to leave Caley Thistle but said the move represented a chance to prove himself at a higher level.

"To me Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest club and to have the chance to manage them is a huge opportunity," he added.

Shearer, a hero as a player at the club, also said he had found it impossible to turn down the opportunity on offer.

Caretaker manager Gardner Speirs and coach Drew Jarvie will be leaving Aberdeen, following Ebbe Skovdahl out the door.

Steve and Duncan both like attacking football and will bring a positive attitude to this job

Keith Wyness
Aberdeen chief executive
The First Division club must now turn their attention to a successor to Paterson, with Dundee United coach Maurice Malpas one of the names linked with the post.

Gordon Dalziel at Ayr and Livingston coach John Robertson are other names being linked with the Highlanders.

First-team affairs will be handled by director of football Graeme Bennett and coach John Docherty in the short term.

The club had hoped to persuade Shearer to stay on to take over from Paterson once it became clear that the manager was on his way to Pittodrie.

Caley Thistle released a statement on Wednesday thanking Paterson and Shearer for the commitment they had shown the club.

The statement stated that the club had an idea of the type of man they wanted to replace Paterson and invited applications from people with managerial experience.

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