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Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
Dixon's Dons trial cut short
Kevin Dixon returned to Leeds due to business
Kevin Dixon returned to Leeds due to business
Leeds United midfielder Kevin Dixon's trial with Aberdeen has been cut short by personal business as the Pittodrie club vowed to stand by controversy-hit goalkeeping coach Jim Leighton.

Aberdeen have also extended Stuart McCaffrey's loan deal at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, while Livingston have asked for a similar extension for another defender, Michael Hart.

Dixon had been due to spend four days at Aberdeen, but manager Ebbe Skovdhal plans to watch the 20-year-old in action for Leeds reserves before making a final decision.

Meanwhile, a club spokesman has insisted that Leighton's departure from the Scotland camp at the weekend in a blaze of accrimony over his criticism of the national set-up in his autobiography will not affect his role with Aberdeen.

Nothing sinister

A deal has still to be signed that would cement the 41-year-old's position at Pittodrie as a coach.

However, the spokesman stressed that there was nothing sinister in the delay as it has simply been a matter of finding time to sit down and agree the details of the contract.

Jim Leighton has been given backing of club
Jim Leighton has been given backing of club
Aberdeen had taken the advice of former manager Roy Aitken, now on the coaching staff at Leeds, to take Kevin Dixon on trial.

Injury worries and a lack of cash for permanent transfers, which would seem to rule out a move for Hull City's 750,000-rated striker, Theodore Whitmore, has led to Aberdeen seeking short-term loans.

However, there was some good news for Skovdahl, Derek Young being available for the weekend match against Dundee.

Young's booking against Celtic pushed him over the penalty mark, but his suspension will not come into play until the Dunfermline match a week later.

Derek's brother, Darren, misses this weekend's game due to suspension but will be available for the Dunfermline match.

Ended prematurely

Meanwhile, First Division leaders Livingston have told Aberdeen they are keen to hold on to Hart, who has been on loan at Almondvale for a month.

The 20-year-old is on his second spell under Jim Leishman, having played there last season, that loan having ended prematurely through injury.

Hart has only two weeks left of his current deal and an outstanding performance against Ross County has inspired Leishman to ask for an extension.

McCaffrey, meanwhile, will be with First Division Caley Thistle for another five weeks.

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