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Scottish League Cup Group Stage Draw - 1pm

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Without question he's potentially the best since Fergie. Likeable, articulate, passionate, and most importantly he's given us a team we can be proud of. Something silver at the end of this season and it would be hard to argue against the OP.

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Without question he's potentially the best since Fergie. Likeable, articulate, passionate, and most importantly he's given us a team we can be proud of. Something silver at the end of this season and it would be hard to argue against the OP.

 

Totally agree with the above  :thumbsup:

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Without question he's potentially the best since Fergie. Likeable, articulate, passionate, and most importantly he's given us a team we can be proud of. Something silver at the end of this season and it would be hard to argue against the OP.

 

:clap:

 

Definitely however being here for a few years developing the club further would be good too . . . .

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Too early to say IMHO.

 

I agree. Say what you will about Alex Smith but he and Jocky Scott had a good run before it all went South almost won the league in a league that included Rangers and Celtic an won the Scottish and League cup.

Willie Miller also had us runners up in all competitions.

Jimmy Calderwood never won any silverware but we played some good football and got a good run in Europe.

Just a note, Kinda Scary that Roy Aitken was the last Manager to win silverware with us.

 

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If we consider the team he inherited, and the subsequent change in fortunes because of (a) some excellent signings and (b) some excellent coaching to get the best out of young players (Pawlett in particular), then it's clear he's doing a fantastic job. IF we win a trophy at the first time of asking under McInness it would be a notable achievement for a club that's been consistently shite for several years.

 

Smith and Scott undoubtedly inherited a better group of players in an era when Aberdeen still had fresh memories of a winning habit. I look back on their tenure fondly, but I've got to say I'm absolutely loving the buzz around the club at the moment, and anyone who was at tynecastle on Saturday will confirm we're on the cusp of something a bit special.

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Way to early to say that.

 

Willie Millers first full season was arguably better as we were challenging for league as well and playing some unbelievable football. We were hammering teams on a regular basis which at present McInnes' Aberdeen are not doing. Smith and Scott also up there as they did win trophies and were a baw hair from winning the league.

 

McInnes is definately an improvement on previous two clowns and has us moving in the right direction again but it is a bit early to say he is best since Fergie.

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There have been worse weeks at Pittodrie. In one cup final and into the last eight of another, the Granite City has been lit up.

 

McInnes has battled to keep his Dons under the radar but now they are firmly in the spotlight.

 

But nothing changes according the Reds gaffer. He is demanding exactly the same focus despite the nationwide glare.

 

He said: “We have had a lot of good press, which has come on the back of some results. However, that’s for everyone else, that’s not for the players or myself.

 

“From our point of view, whether things are going well or they are going poorly you just try to be professional.

 

“If you are struggling for form, you concentrate and do the same things as you do when they’re going your way.

 

“When you lose focus and let things outwith affect you it comes back to slap you on the face.

 

“What we’ve got to do is replicate what we’ve done for the first seven months of the season for the two and a half we’ve got left.

 

“Right now we have to concentrate on the league form and see where that takes us.”

 

McInnes has been in the game long enough to know things can quickly turn around – and he has the scars to prove it.

 

He said: “Things in football can change quickly so you have to focus for every game.

 

“As a manager you can maybe enjoy a result on a Saturday night, enjoy the feeling winning a match brings. But once you get to the Sunday it’s back to work, back to thinking about the next challenge.

 

“If you look further than that or go into that next game on the back of what has happened before then you slip up.

 

“You can leave yourself wide open in football and the aim is to ensure that doesn’t happen. Successful teams have the ability to be ready for every game because each game is a challenge.

 

“We know we’re a good side when we’re right and know what we’re capable of.

 

“But we also know that if we’re not

 

right or we have one or two players off it then we’re vulnerable. The job as a manager is to make sure those occasions are kept to a minimum.

 

“I said at the start of the season what we had to do was make sure when teams play Aberdeen they know they’re in for a game.

 

“This weekend St Mirren will know that but they’ll also want to make sure we know it’s a game against them.”

 

The spectacular run of form has not gone unnoticed and it’s no surprise to McInnes to hear his players spoken about as potential international players.

 

Internationals take place next month – with Scotland heading to Poland – and the likes of Mark Reynolds and Peter Pawlett have put themselves firmly on Gordon Strachan’s map in recent weeks.

 

Likewise Willo Flood is back on the Republic of Ireland radar and while the March friendlies might be too soon for McInnes’ troops he’s told his men to stick at it because there is no reason they can’t barge on to the international scene.

 

He said: “It’s nice to be recognised in international football but I’m not going to be pushing it.

 

“The national team managers know what they need and know who is out there.

 

“I’m not one for banging the drum. What I do know is that we have good players here and players get highlighted when they’re part of a successful team.

 

“Hopefully if we can be successful this season it will help their cause.

 

“It’s not for me to tell the international managers what to do.

 

“But I’m sure there will be a few more being looked at than there were at the start of the season.

 

“That can only be a good thing. If they are successful here then there could be a better chance to be involved with their national team.”

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