Aberdeen: Manager Derek McInnes committed to Dons

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes ended Aberdeen's 19-year wait for a trophy last season when they won the League Cup

Derek McInnes insists his work at Aberdeen has only just started as he revealed his long term future lies at Pittodrie.

The 43-year-old has revitalised the Premiership outfit since taking charge in march 2013, guiding the Dons to League Cup glory last season.

"We feel as though we've just started something," McInnes said.

"As good as things are at the moment, we feel there is a lot of improvement to come both on the pitch and off it."

And he added: "We speak regularly, me and the chairman [Stewart Milne], and we both have the same aspirations for the club.

"I've got a really good relationship with him, I have a lot of respect for him, and I love my job here. Tony [Docherty, assistant manager] would echo that as well."

With Rangers manager Ally McCoist's future unclear, McInnes is one of the names to have been mentioned as a potential replacement at Ibrox.

But the Dons boss said: "I'm really happy here and I think it's unfair, there's still a manager in place at that club and he's a friend of mine. I have no desire to leave Aberdeen at the minute, I'm really enjoying myself here and I feel as though we've got work to finish.

"There's a lot to be said about being happy at your work and I'm happy here."

McInnes was speaking in the week that Aberdeen passed a plan at their AGM that will see the club become debt free.

Stewart Milne and Derek McInnes
Manager Derek McInnes has hailed his relationship with Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne (left)

"It has been a real significant week for us off the pitch," he added.

"That news has been out there but having it confirmed at the AGM on Monday, it's something we should all be really proud of. It's not the be all and end all but it certainly does give the club the opportunity to maximise what we are going forward.

"It's a brilliant piece of news."

McInnes also said the club hope to draw a line under the incident involving defender Shay Logan, after Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev lost his appeal against a seven match ban for racially abusing the Dons player.

"We've always supported Shay in this," he said. "We'd always support our players when they felt they'd been wronged and we're just glad we can move on, I think that's right for everybody now."

Aberdeen star Jonny Hayes has also been at the centre of a disciplinary issue this week, as he took to social media to insist Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton did not spit at him in last week's match at Tannadice.

Paton was charged by the SFA over the incident and has been hit with a two-match ban, despite Hayes' intervention.

McInnes said: "I spoke to Jonny on Tuesday and he was adamant that the incident Paul Paton had been charged with had not taken place. Johnny felt strongly enough to support him on it.

"Jonny felt the importance of sticking up for a fellow player and that's to be commended."

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