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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Thursday, 14 December, 2000, 12:40 GMT
Jess may never don shirt again
Eoin Jess was dropped for the lastest game against Rangers
Eoin Jess was dropped for the lastest game against Rangers
Eoin Jess could have played his last game for Aberdeen - unless he changes his negative attitude to the club.

Jess found himself without even a place on the bench for the Pittodrie side's 3-1 defeat by Rangers on Wednesday after criticising his own club in a television interview.

But manager Ebbe Skovdahl is willing to give Jess a second chance and will speak to his board after speaking to the Scotland international about the outburst.

Skovdahl said: "I think if he doesn't change that attitude to the club - that's the only way that I see it being a problem.

Very loyal

"It's wrong to say that I'm disappointed, but it has hurt me.

"It shouldn't be to me that he apologises - it should be to his team-mates.

"Players are normally very loyal to each other in situations like this, but my job is to think about not one person but the club and the team.

"So that's what I am trying to do the best way I know.

Didn't apologise

"People are entitled to say how they feel and what their opinion is, but they've got to expect that whatever they do and whatever they say has consequences.

"I had a meeting with him and, no, he didn't apologise."

Ebbe Skovdahl says Jess should apologise
Ebbe Skovdahl says Jess should apologise
Skovdahl says that Jess's comments came at the worst possible time.

The Dons were heading to Ibrox to take on a Rangers side desperate for points in a bid to narrow the gap with Celtic at the top of the table.

His decision to drop the player for the game was a direct result of the interview.

Jess had said previously that he would leave Aberdeen if they did not show more ambition.

But Skovdahl said: "Maybe what was in it was a little surprise. I didn't know he was interviewed."

"I would say that in this part of the world we have freedom of speech.

Dream lead

"But for me, when a person says something like that and they've got some responsibility for a team or a club, then they must also know that it has consequences."

Arild Stavrum gave the Dons a dream lead after 10 minutes.

But goals from Michael Mols, Billy Dodds and Jorg Albertz secured the win for Rangers.

The result leaves Aberdeen third from bottom and 11 points off the all-important sixth place.

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