Dons chief holds “positive conversations” about new stadium

12/12/2023
Aberdeen FC Chairman Dave Cormack

ABERDEEN FC Chairman Dave Cormack has thrown his support behind Barry Robson after an indifferent start to the season.

Speaking at the club’s Annual General Meeting, Mr Cormack said: “We have to remember Barry single-handedly won third place in the league last season, earning two Manager of the Month awards and European group stage football for the first time in 15 seasons.

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“Since Aberdeen last won the Scottish Cup in 1990, we have had 13 permanent managers. Where does Barry rank in terms of percentage of games won?

“With 13 wins in 30 games, including a recent record that Barry himself, and all of us, is not happy with, he sits in second place with a 43.3% win rate.”

The Dons currently sit ninth in the Scottish Premiership, although have played one or two less games than most teams in the division, and are out of Europe. They do, however, have a cup final on Sunday against Rangers at Hampden.

“I believe there continues to be a strong and growing relationship between the Club and supporters,” added the chairman.

“Yes, frustration over recent form is fully understandable. We have all been frustrated too. But those of us who witnessed the performance in the second half against Hearts, driven by the backing of the fans, with a special mention to the Red Shed who led the way, and the way the players celebrated the winning goal, demonstrates not only the love we all have for the Club, but also that the players are committed to the cause and that the dressing room is united behind Barry and the coaching staff.

“Let’s all get behind Barry and the boys as we’ve a cup final to look forward to on Sunday.”

Aberdeen FC delivered a net profit of more than £1million pounds thanks to a number of multimillion pound player sales.

That’s despite the club their operating loss by more than £1million pounds to £6.27m in the year ending June 30, with a lack or European football and a 10th placed finish in the 2021/22 season contributing.

But selling the likes of Lewis Ferguson, Calvin Ramsey and Ross McCrorie offset that.

Average attendance last season rose by nearly 20%, from 13,103 to 15,636.

The campaign also guaranteed European group stage football would return to Pittodrie for the first time in 15 years, with financial gains from that to be reflected in next years books, alongside the club reaching a cup final.

Mr Cormack confirmed that conversations have restarted with Aberdeen City Council over a proposed new stadium on the beachfront.

“One of the things dealing with city councils is to be patient” he said, after nearly nine months of no contact between the club and the authority at the start of the year.

The chairman added: “The dialogue started about three years ago where the former administration approached the club about reconsidering the beach.

“The new administration came in earlier this year, we have met with the co-leaders and chief commercial officer.

“The conversations were positive, there is a recognition that if Aberdeen is going to be the Net Zero capital of the world, we need infrastructure and investment.

“Places like Newcastle and Teesside are wooing north-east companies to move down there.

“It’s really important to me, if we’re going to do this, we need to regenerate the city and the beachfront.

“I am encouraged that the council are talking to a number of operators who are looking at the art of the possible.

“Hopefully we will be able to update everyone in a few months – but it’s really in the city council’s hands at the moment.

“We are available and ready to engage in pushing it forward.”

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