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Mark McGhee did not consider leaving from Aberdeen


McGhee to apply fresh ideas

Mark McGhee insists he never considered taking the "easy option" of walking away from his job as Aberdeen manager despite a week of intense pressure.

A question mark was placed over his position following a 9-0 defeat by Celtic, before losing to Inverness.

"It would have been an easy option for me to decide I'd had enough of this. I've got a contract and that's worth money to me," said McGhee.

"But that never entered my mind. I was determined to see this through."

There were suggestions that Tuesday's game against Caley Thistle was a must-win to save his job.

But, following lengthy discussions, the board opted to back their boss, who would have been due compensation had he left the club.

The last few days have been good and I mean that

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

"I could have taken that and been gone and be sitting with my feet up in Brighton and maybe this weekend fly off to Vegas to my brother-in-law's for a couple of weeks and wonder how Aberdeen were getting on back home," he said.

However, the former Brighton manager is determined to "prove that what I believe can happen here is true".

"That's going to take time," stressed McGhee. "It's going to take a huge amount of effort and it's going to continue to be difficult for me because there are people who have made their minds up.

"I've got to live with that, but I'm determined to prove those people wrong."

Asked how tough the last couple of days have been for him, McGhee replied: "Of course it's been difficult, but let's not get carried away. It's business, everyone's got their issues.

"We are all under pressure and I don't imagine the pressure that I've had this week is any different from the pressure that any of us get in our jobs."

The Dons boss believes clear-the-air talks between himself and the board will have a positive impact, while revealing he was not given sole blame for the club's recent problems.

"The last few days have been good and I mean that," he said.

"It's been tough in all sorts of ways but in a really positive way because I've got to express all the feelings I've had and all the concerns.

"It was needed and I think we all feel an awful lot better for it.

"I think we were all equally looking at each other. I was looking at them, they were looking at me and we were all saying 'where are we here?' That's what made it healthy."

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Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen
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McGhee to remain Aberdeen manager
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Aberdeen 1-2 Inverness CT
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08 Nov 10 |  Aberdeen
Celtic 9-0 Aberdeen
06 Nov 10 |  Scottish Premier

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