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Derek McInnes

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Derek McInnes had a successful playing career with Morton, Rangers, Toulouse, West Bromwich Albion, Dundee United, Millwall and St. Johnstone. As captain of West Brom he led the side to promotion to the Premier League. During this time, he also won two caps for the Scotland national team.

His managerial career began with SPL side St. Johnstone where he had been on the playing staff, in November 2007. He guided the club to promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2009 and retained that status for two seasons. Regarded as one of the top young managers in the country, McInnes was appointed manager of Football League Championship club Bristol City in October 2011.

Despite avoiding relegation in 2011-12, McInnes left Bristol City in January 2013. He was appointed the 22nd manager of Aberdeen Football Club in March 2013 and brought Tony Docherty in as his assistant.

Upon arrival, Derek said that he wanted the city to fall back in love with the Club and they did just that. His first season at Pittodrie was fruitful to say the least, with The Dons returning to European football after a 3rd place finish in the League. There was also the small matter of becoming the first Dons manager in 19 years to deliver silverware. On the 16th of March 2014 McInnes led his Aberdeen side to the League Cup Final in front of a 43,000-strong Red Army. Adam Rooney scored the winning penalty kick in the shootout- the match had finished 0-0 after extra time. The following season saw The Dons return to Europe which included a 2-1 victory against Dutch side, FC Groningen. The Dons beat their record points tally and comfortably finished second behind champions Celtic.

The 2015/16 season began with a stunning away victory over Rijeka in the Europa League 2nd qualifying round followed by another successful season in the League. Two victories over Celtic had the fans believing of a League Championship, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Aberdeen faltered at the final hurdle after a fantastic campaign.

The following season would once again see McInnes make improvements to his team. Despite the return of Rangers to the top flight, Aberdeen finished comfortably in 2nd place. His own points tally was beaten once again, and the manager guided The Dons to their first win at Ibrox in 21 years, with a 2-1 win. He then led the club back to Hampden for both cup finals that year, but came up against a Celtic side who went the whole domestic season unbeaten.

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