Alex Ferguson ready to help Aberdeen find someone that can challenge Celtic

By David Walton

March 17, 2021

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has stated that Alex Ferguson will play a part in their managerial hunt to try and find a manager capable of challenging Celtic.

The Dons are on the lookout for a new manager after the departure of Derek McInnes earlier this month. It comes with Aberdeen sitting in fourth place and looking unlikely to finish as the best of the rest this term.

Manchester United and Scottish football legend Ferguson built up his own reputation with Aberdeen during an eight-year stint as manager between 1978 and 1986. He secured three league titles, four Scottish Cups, and two European trophies during his time there.

And now he’s made himself available to help find someone who can challenge both Celtic and Rangers.

Speaking to Red TV, Cormack said: “I talked to Sir Alex Ferguson. He called me on Friday and reminded me that – in his opinion, and I agree with him – that Aberdeen Football Club is the hardest club to manage outside of Celtic and Rangers, and the hardest club to be chairman of. It’s a prestigious position for anyone.

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“He said: ‘Listen, you find a coach that you can work with, someone who can go to Glasgow and aim to beat Celtic and Rangers, don’t look for second best and someone that is on the offence’. He reminded me as well that there’s lots of people, perhaps pundits in the media, that don’t want Aberdeen to do well and probably don’t want me to do well. Ignore that.

“Sir Alex has made himself available for me to use as a sounding board as we go through this process and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will take him up on that.”

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Whilst we have our own issues to iron out for next season and our own managerial search to crack on with, it’s difficult not to glance an eye over at what’s going on at Pittodrie.

For a club whose ultimate goal is to be challenging for trophies with Celtic and Rangers, their next move could be an intriguing one. Especially considering Ferguson has made himself involved.

Granted, you also wonder just how much any new manager can actually do over there. With the limited resources and financial constraints at Aberdeen, they can’t attract anywhere near the same quality of player as Celtic.

Derek McInnes is gone from Aberdeen (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That’s always going to be something that holds them back. Even when they were as close to us as they been over the last 20 years during the Ronny Deila days. Aberdeen still ended both of those campaigns 17 and 15 points behind the Hoops.

If Aberdeen are going to make themselves a force again, they need a top man-manager. Someone with the ability to maximise potential at the club. Someone who can pluck hidden gems in the transfer market and mould a team out of a bunch of them.

It’s no wonder, then, that they’re going to get Ferguson involved in that process.

In other news, the Celtic supporters have been left absolutely buzzing with this Wednesday morning news.