JIM GOODWIN is Aberdeen’s new manager.
Earlier today we told you how the Dons are moving forward in their pursuit of the St Mirren old man, and shortly thereafter they confirmed that Paisley’s side had granted them permission to start negotiations.
Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack now has a man of his own in the 40-year-old Irishman.
In the North East, Goodwin will be joined by his assistant manager from St Mirren, Lee Sharpe.
He joins a two and a half year contract and said: “I am honored to be offered the role of manager at this great football club.
“I would like to thank the Board for the trust they have placed in me and I will do my best to repay the trust they have placed in me.
“The opportunity to work for one of the biggest clubs in the country is a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started.
“Aberdeen not only has a rich history and fan base, but also a clear drive to succeed both on and off the pitch, and that drive matches my own. You only need to see the level of investment made in Cormack Park to understand it.
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“I can guarantee to everyone involved with Aberdeen that I will give my all every day to ensure that the club achieves the success it so desires and deserves.”
Aberdeen Football Club Chairman Dave Cormack added: “Jim is a young, successful manager who is ambitious and enjoys the opportunity to bring success to the club.
“He fully shares our vision and strategy and on behalf of everyone associated with Aberdeen Football Club, we welcome Jim as our new manager.”
Former Hibs boss Jack Ross has previously been mentioned in connection with the job, with former Celtic midfielder Paul Lambert stating an interest in the role.
Barry Robson was temporarily in charge of first team affairs, while Neil Simpson, Scott Anderson and Scott Brown assisted the former Celtic and Dundee United midfielder.
St Mirren said: “St Mirren Football Club can confirm that Aberdeen Football Club approached us to speak with manager Jim Goodwin about their managerial vacancy.
Goodwin has led St Mirren to ninth and seventh place in the Premier League since taking office in June 2019.
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Earlier this year he said: “I don’t want any player who comes here to want to spend the next 10-15 years playing for St Mirren and that has nothing to do with our fans or our club.
“I want them to be ambitious and reinforce themselves to get a really great result with good showings for us, because if they do that, it means we are doing something right.
“I’m only 39 and of course I have my own ambitions. I want to try to work at the highest level with the biggest clubs and I would like to one day rule my country.
“All these dreams exist for me and also for our young players.”
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