Aberdeen Q&A: Dave Cormack defends decision to sign Scott Brown, insisting there is ‘no problem’ between incoming player-coach and Shay Logan
Aberdeen President Dave Cormack defended the character of new player-coach Scott Brown in a YouTube Q&A with fans.
Celtic Brown skipper has agreed to join the Dons next season under new director Stephen Glass.
It turned out to be a controversial move for the club, following Brown’s defense of teammate Aleksandar Tonev when the Bulgarian racially abused Aberdeen right-back Shay Logan in September 2014.
Cormack insisted that there is no problem between Brown and Logan – who left Aberdeen on a loan from Hearts earlier this week.
The leader said that “players invariably support” their teammates and “that does not make them guilty of the crime for which their teammate is being punished.”
Cormack said: “It is important that you find the right person with the right values.
“Tonev was found guilty of abusing Shay and was rightly punished.
“As a club, we stood up for Shay. The only time Shay thinks about it is when others are talking about it.
“There is no problem between Shay and Scott. Both are tough competitors on the court.
“Rightly or wrongly, players invariably support what their teammates tell them.
“It doesn’t make them guilty of the crime their teammate is being punished for.
“In Scott’s case, we’ve all seen him on the spur of the moment switch to Glen Kamara (the Rangers midfielder, who was allegedly racially abused in a game against Slavia Prague) and show solidarity when Celtic faced Rangers.
“Scott coached players from all walks of life for the best part of 15 years.”
Cormack went on to highlight Brown’s charitable work outside of football, as well as his different personality off the pitch.
Some fans on social media had speculated that Logan – who no longer had a contract at Pittodrie this summer – had been moved due to a break-up with Brown during the 2014 incident.
The president pointed to statements from Logan and new Dons boss Glass, the move was the result of the full-back, who has only made three starts this quarter, desperately playing time with the leading Jambos. championship.
Cormack insisted a proper send-off would be arranged for 2014 League Cup winner and nearly eight-year-old Reds star Logan when the Englishman returns from Tynecastle at the end of the campaign. second level, stating: “He will be back in Aberdeen for the final weeks of the season, when we can rightly thank him and show him our appreciation for seven years of dedication and service to the club.
“That’s the whole of it.”
In an hour-long session answering questions from fans on everything from season tickets going on sale, the Pittodria game day experience and club finances after more than a year of restrictions from Covid, Cormack again laid out the process that led to Atlanta United 2. Boss Glass is named Derek McInnes’ successor in the Dons dugout.
Supporters had wondered if Glass, who already knew the Atlanta-based businessman Cormack, had ever been shortlisted for the role due to the speed of the date.
However, Cormack, who revealed Glass was at risk of missing the Scottish Cup trip to Dumbarton and the post-split opening of the Premiership in St Johnstone due to quarantine rules, said the recruiting process had been sped up. to fend off other potential contenders for their shortlisted four. candidates.
Cormack explained: “There were four managerial positions that had gone vacant one after another in England and we knew there were candidates applying for those positions as well.”
He added his belief that Glass had the “best overall credentials” for the job.
“ Aberdeen bought the player and he is still our player today ”
In another highlight, Cormack also addressed speculation that Venezuelan right-back Ronald Hernandez, who is on loan with strategic partners at Atlanta United after struggling to get into the Dons squad, had been bought for a other part.
On a loan that appeared in the Dons’ financial statements shortly after Hernandez’s signing agreement for more than £ 800,000 from Norwegian firm Stabaek was closed on the deadline day last January, Cormack said:As to who paid Ronny – Aberdeen Football Club paid Ronny. In our financial accounts for last year, it was noted that a loan came in shortly after it was signed.
“This loan was then converted into shares. It came from me and my family.
“So I invested money not just for Ronny. I also put in £ 1million to help the club with some cash.
“I converted everything into shares so the club owe Ronny nothing. “
Cormack went on to say that the Dons were “absolutely not” a nurturing club for Atlanta’s MLS side, although he said the pandemic had damaged clubs’ ability to send their development players across the country. Atlantic.
Not certain due to pandemic – but Cormack hopeful Aberdeen may make ‘good signings’ for next season
New manager Glass faces a big squad replenishment this summer with many Dons players in breach of contracts or at the end of their loans.
Cormack has suggested new contracts for the players, summer signings and the playing budget for next season are still heavily dependent on the Covid situation – with the club forecasting a funding gap of £ 12.4million for the period since the start of the pandemic, if fans still don’t return to the games. by January.
Nonetheless, Cormack said things “looked more encouraging” on the return of the crowds and he is optimistic the Dons can still be competitive in the next quarter.
The president, who has pledged that the Donations “are really going to try to win trophies” during his tenure, said: “With Stephen on board, we will be working on plans for next season in the weeks to come. come.
“I think you will see some good signings for next season.”
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