Neil Warnock: Aberdeen appoint veteran as interim manager

Neil Warnock celebrates while Huddersfield manager
Warnock left his previous job at Huddersfield Town in September

Aberdeen have named Neil Warnock as their interim manager and expect to appoint a new boss for the 2024-25 campaign before the end of this season.

The 75-year-old takes over from Barry Robson, who was sacked last week after a year in charge with the Dons eighth in the Scottish Premiership.

Warnock will be in charge for Tuesday's game against Rangers at Ibrox.

He came out of retirement a year ago to keep Huddersfield in the Championship but left the job last September.

His assistant Ronnie Jepson has also joined Aberdeen while Peter Leven will continue as first-team coach.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge," said Warnock.

"I've made no secret of the fact I've always wanted to manage in Scotland so when I spoke to Dave [Cormack, chairman] and Alan [Burrows, chief executive] and they asked me to help out it just felt like the right opportunity.

"By all accounts there is a good group of lads here and it's my job now to get the best out of them.

"Aberdeen is a big club with clear ambition and I'm hoping that during my time here the supporters will get behind the team and I can put a smile on their faces."

Aberdeen say the appointment gives them time to carry out the "planned detailed review of the football operation" that began at the end of 2023 and that they expect to announce their manager for 2024-25 by the end of this season.

"From the moment we first spoke with Neil his enthusiasm for managing Aberdeen was infectious," chairman Dave Cormack said.

"He has had an incredible career, not only in terms of volume of games and winning promotions, but also of coming into clubs at short notice and making an immediate impact.

"We still have a huge amount to play for both in the SPFL Premiership and the Scottish Cup."

More to follow.