Aberdeen keen to sort out Brown deal

10 December 2010 03:00

Aberdeen aim to conclude a deal for Craig Brown to become their new boss today following the veteran manager's resignation from Motherwell.

Brown is talking with the Dons board this afternoon after telling them over the phone on Thursday that he wanted to take over at Pittodrie. Motherwell were left bewildered by the 70-year-old's resignation, which came in tandem with that of his assistant Archie Knox on Thursday night

A statement on Aberdeen's official website read: "The club hopes to be in a position to make an announcement regarding the position of the football management team at some point later today (Friday)."

Reports claim Motherwell will ask Aberdeen to delay the appointment of the pair until after the teams meet at Pittodrie a week on Saturday, but it is understood the Dons will reject any such proposal.

Caretaker managers Neil Cooper and Neil Simpson are likely to take a proactive role in Saturday''s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hearts at Tynecastle but Brown and Knox are almost certain to be involved.

Motherwell are seeking a new management team for the third time in 18 months following the earlier departures of Mark McGhee, again to Aberdeen, and Jim Gannon.

Reports on Friday claimed they were talking with former Dundee management team Gordon Chisholm and Billy Dodds but no-one at the club was available for comment. It is unclear whether any move for the pair, who lost their jobs when Dundee went into administration in October, would be for an interim or permanent position.

Meanwhile, Motherwell are seeking sanctions against Aberdeen from the SPL over their approach for Brown and Knox.

A statement released late last night read: "We believe that the conduct of the board of Aberdeen in this matter has been wholly inappropriate and in clear breach of SPL rules as well as basic courtesy. At no point did they inform us or seek our permission to speak to critical employees of our club and to seek to entice them to leave our employment."

The SPL have not commented on the row but Motherwell's position is clouded by the fact that their management team were working without contracts, despite the announcement of an 18-month deal in February.

Source: PA