Aberdeen: Sir Alex Ferguson advising chairman Dave Cormack in manager search

Dave Cormack
Dave Cormack says Aberdeen have a "clear criteria" for their next manager

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack says Sir Alex Ferguson has urged him to appoint a manager who can "go to Glasgow and aim to beat Celtic and Rangers".

Cormack is taking advice from the legendary former Pittodrie and Manchester United boss as he searches for Derek McInnes' successor.

McInnes parted with the club last week and Paul Sheerin will lead the team on Saturday against Dundee United.

Recruiting a manager "will take as long as it will take", says Cormack.

Former Aberdeen player Stephen Glass has been linked with the post but Cormack insists "not one person has been offered or guaranteed the job".

"It might take two weeks, it might take longer, but it's a process we have to go through," Cormack told RedTV.

He added: "I talked to Sir Alex Ferguson. He called me on Friday and reminded me that - in his opinion, and I agree with him - Aberdeen 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.

"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'.

"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."

Aberdeen are still in contention for third place, trailing Hibernian by six points with six matches to play, including one against Hibs.

McInnes was in post for almost eight years and won the 2014 Scottish League Cup with the club.

"We have a clear strategy on the philosophy, how we want to play and bringing young players through," Cormack added.

"We've got a clear criteria for what we're looking for."

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