Wilder is serious Aberdeen candidate as Dons begin search for Goodwin successor

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Wilder is serious Aberdeen candidate as Dons begin search for Goodwin successor


The ABERDEEN chiefs met last night to create a shortlist of bosses to target.

The Dons are looking for a third manager in just 11 months after the sacking of Jim Goodwin. Sunsports understand that former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is a serious candidate.

Aberdeen looking for Jim Goodwin replacement

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Aberdeen looking for Jim Goodwin replacementCredit: Reuters
Former Middlesbrough director Chris Wilder is in the frame

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Former Middlesbrough director Chris Wilder is in the frameCredit: P.A.

But chairman Dave Cormack is expected to meet with multiple candidates.

The US-based owner had planned to fly back to the US after Saturday’s league match against the Hibs.

However, a 6-0 thrashing by Goodwin just after the final whistle forced Cormack to change his travel plans.

He will now remain in Scotland to oversee the latest management search.

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The work will be of great interest as Neil Lennon, Paul Lambert and Jack Ross are all linked.

Former Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley could be another target.

Wilder, 55, was sacked by Middlesbrough in October.

However, he was named LMA Manager of the Year in 2019 after performing phenomenally for the Blaze and winning promotion to the Premier League.

Don plans to start talking to the target in the next few days.

They moved to sign defenders and keepers last night, with Cormac blaming Don’s disastrous defense for Goodwin’s dismissal.

Watford’s Matty Pollock, 21, has agreed a loan deal until the end of the season, while Ajax goalkeeper Jay Goater, 22, is set to continue after being targeted by football director Stephen Gunn. is.

Both players will join the squad directly for Wednesday’s home league match against St Mirren.

Cormack approved the move in a desperate bid to bolster the defense after allowing 12 goals in his last three games against Hearts, Darvel and Hives.

A shock defeat at Easter Road on Saturday was the final straw for Goodwin.

Coach Barry Robson takes over temporarily until the Dons appoint a new boss.

Cormac said:

“At the end of the day, our challenge now is that we can’t defend.

“Some of the goals we lost couldn’t have performed like that when the game was even.

“So we have to address this very quickly.”

Don confirmed last night that Robson will be in charge until an appointment is made.

The former Scottish star will be backed by coaches Scott Anderson and Steve Agnew.

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The statement read:

“In the meantime, everyone at the club stands by Barry and his coaching team and is committed to keeping the team on track to achieve their goals in European football.”

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