Lennon tipped

Dons outline timeline for new boss appointment

Neil Warnock: honoured

Aberdeen aim to appoint Neil Warnock’s permanent successor during this month’s international break as the club looks for some stability in the dug out.

The Dons have stepped up their search for a sixth manager in three years after the Englishman quit hours after guiding the club to the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Saturday and are on course to have him in place within the next couple of weeks.

Former Celtic and Hibs boss Neil Lennon is strongly tipped to replace the 75-year-old who failed to win a single league game after taking over from Barry Robson last month.

“The club, working with our partners, have compiled a shortlist with a combination of individuals we have identified that meet the key criteria we have agreed, and individuals that have expressed serious interest in the role,” said chief executive Alan Burrows.

“We plan to conduct a number of interviews this week and, in certain cases, seek permission to do so where managers are under contract elsewhere.

“Our aim is to appoint a first team manager during the upcoming international break. In the meantime, Peter Leven will continue in interim charge, assisted by Scott Anderson and Craig Samson.”

Burrows also said the club is looking to appoint a technical director to support director of football Steven Gunn.

Warnock said that the decision over his departure was was mutual between himself and the board.

“I was honoured to lead Aberdeen for a short period to help Dave [Cormack] and the board get themselves into a position where they could get closer to making a permanent appointment,” he said.

“It goes without saying that I had hoped I could’ve collected a few more league wins along the way, but I am also delighted to have helped the club into the Scottish Cup semi-finals. I hope they can now go on and lift the trophy.

Lennon has been out of work since leaving Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus. He has enjoyed success in all roles with the exception of Bolton. He won ten titles with Celtic, eight Scottish Cups and three league cups in two spells as manager and as a player.

Should he land the job, one of his first matches in charge will be against the Parkhead side with Aberdeen having been drawn against Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. Rangers will face Hearts in the other semi, with the ties played over the weekend of 20-21 April.

Scotland face the Netherlands away on Friday, 22 March before hosting Northern Ireland on Tuesday, 26 March at Hampden Park.

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