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Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee to remain in charge

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Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has confirmed Mark McGhee will remain in charge at Pittodrie for the time being.

A club statement insisted McGhee would be retained along with assistants Scott Leitch and Colin Meldrum.

The Dons board met after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle left them in ninth spot in the table.

"Mark's position as manager remains and he, along with everyone else at this club, is fully focussed on improving results on the park," said Milne.

McGhee had earlier vowed to remain at the Pittodrie helm despite a run of just four points from a possible 30.

A disappointing crowd of 5,917 turned up on Tuesday night to watch Inverness add to McGhee's woes with goals from Adam Rooney and Grant Munro.

Mark's position as manager remains and he, along with everyone else at this club, is fully focussed on improving results on the park

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne

The defeat by Inverness compounded a humiliating 9-0 hammering by Celtic last weekend in Glasgow.

The club statement read: "Following the weekend result and the current league form, the board and Mark have taken some considerable time to reflect on where we are at present, what challenges lie ahead and the actions required to get the maximum out of not just the playing squad, but indeed everyone at the club.

"While there is a recognition that we do require to change some aspects of the way we operate, as a result of these talks, Mark's position as manager remains and he, along with everyone else at this club, is fully focussed on improving results on the park.

"This has been a very difficult spell for everyone involved with Aberdeen Football Club, not least the supporters, but with a vital run of games coming up, I would urge everyone to get right behind Mark and the players moving forward."

The former Dons and Scotland centre-forward added that he was heartened by the response of fans who turned up on Wednesday to cheer his side on, and insisted he had received messages of support to remain in place.

"I have spent a lot of time over the past couple of days with Stewart, Willie Miller and Duncan Fraser and during our discussions I have formulated some plans and actions which I feel will improve things going forward," said McGhee.

"As I stated on Tuesday evening, I firmly believe me and my management team and the players will turn things round and nothing that has occurred since then has caused me to change that belief.

"I would also like to thank the fans for their continued support, not just on Tuesday evening but also the many positive messages that I've received since."

Following Tuesday's defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle, McGhee had insisted there was no dissention by fans and he had been positively encouraged to remain in charge at Pittodrie.

"When I walked down that track at the end all I was getting was encouragement: 'keep it going, come on Mark, you'll get it right, keep them going, well done, unlucky'," McGhee told BBC Scotland.

"It wasn't from one or two, it was from the mass. There wasn't one voice giving me stick, giving the players any criticism.

"And believe me, I could understand if they did, given what happened on Saturday. But they didn't and that was brilliant."

Asked if he thought the board would continue to back him, McGhee replied: "I don't know. So far they have, and that's brilliant.

"They have not given me any indication prior to this game that they weren't going to, so we'll see. That will be their decision.

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"I know the stage we are at. Come and look at the list of players on my wall. The eight under-21s in my squad tonight, the ones that are injured."

"We are understaffed at the moment. We missed Paul Hartley again tonight but we've got more to come and I'm quite content to keep this going until we can pick up form and start turning these decent efforts into results.

"We've just about got 11 for Saturday, other than the four of five young boys on the bench, to go to Ibrox.

"That is what's going on here and it's about time somebody would look at that; look at the squad we've got at the moment and give us some credit for the situation that we are in."



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