Under-fire ex-Rangers star given chairman's backing despite fan backlash at current club
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Ex-Rangers star given backing by Chairman amid shocking run of form

Aberdeen are to stick by under-fire manager and ex-Rangers midfielder Derek McInnes after a run of one win in eight heaped pressure on the Dons boss.

McInnes, 49, has been in charge of Aberdeen since March 2013 and throughout his tenure in the northeast has routinely found himself under fan pressure.

Aberdeen boss and ex-Rangers midfielder Derek McInnes is a man under pressure this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But this has perhaps never been greater than during this tumultuous spell with McInnes’ side falling to a 2-0 defeat to 3rd place rivals Hibs over the weekend.

Nonetheless, Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has provided his backing to the ex-St. Johnstone and Bristol City manager as he looks for new signings to settle.

The Dons lost both Scott Wright to Rangers and Sam Cosgrove to Birmingham in January with Fraser Hornby, Callum Hendry and Florian Kamberi all coming in, even if the latter is yet to arrive.

“Following speculation around the manager’s position, Derek and I met on Sunday and discussed the team’s poor run of form since the turn of the year,” reads a Cormack statement [AFC].

“From my personal perspective there is no doubting Derek’s continued desire to drive success for the Club.

“Having qualified for Europe seven seasons in a row, and with a healthy 54% win-rate over almost 400 games in charge, it’s important that Derek focuses on integrating last week’s three new signings, and getting the team back to winning ways.

Aberdeen have backed Derek McInnes to turn things around at Pittodrie. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The coaching staff have had only one full day’s training with Fraser Hornby and Callum Hendry, whilst Florian Kamberi will hopefully arrive in the next few days.

“The board met today and are fully behind Derek getting us back on track, as he’s demonstrated countless times over his eight-year tenure.

“We’re at the business end of the season and we still have 33 points to play for.

“It’s critical that we all get behind Derek and the team as we strive for the best possible league finish and qualify for European football once again.”

McInnes infamously turned down the job at Ibrox in 2018 shortly before the appointment of Steven Gerrard in a decision which has since gone on to be a positive one for Rangers.

Ex-Rangers star McInnes played over 50 times for the club. Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport

The midfielder played for Rangers during the 90s, making 52 appearances for the club as a squad player over five seasons during the 9IAR era.

Aberdeen fans might be fuming at ex-Ranger Del right now, but the Dons are also infuriated at ex-player Scott Wright for moving the opposite way.

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