Celtic and Rangers' Premiership rivals sack manager with ex Gers player taking charge

Aberdeen have parted company with Barry Robson after last night's 1-1 draw with Dundee at Pittodrie.
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Another Scottish Premiership manager has been relieved of his duties with Aberdeen confirming they have parted company with former Celtic star Barry Robson.

The Dons confirmed the news in a statement which went live today (January 31) at noon. Taking over in the interim will be former Rangers player Peter Leven, a first team coach at Pittodrie who was on the books at Ibrox between 200 and 2004 and he will be assisted by Scott Anderson.

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Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack said: "Although it has been a difficult call, the Board felt the change was necessary and in the best interests of Aberdeen FC. Barry earned the right to be Aberdeen manager and knew the high level of expectation we had when he took the role.

"We gave Barry as much time and support as we possibly could in the hope, and expectation, he could return us to the league form we witnessed in the spring of last year. There is a talented squad of players at the Club which makes our current league position unacceptable.

“With 17 games left in the league and still in the Scottish Cup, this change is necessary to help us refocus on our ambitions for the rest of the season. It’s important we thank Barry for his significant contribution to Aberdeen as a player, a coach and manager. He’s a good man who worked extremely hard in everything he did for us, and it goes without saying that we wish him, and Steve, our very best.

“The Club, as a business, is in good shape. We have no bank debt, significant commercial growth, record season ticket and AberDNA membership sales. We also have an evolving player trading model that is allowing us to invest significantly more in the football operation than the operating income we generate.

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“But, as chairman I accept responsibility, along with the board, for the managerial upheavals. It’s exhausting for everyone to go through, not least our fans and the managers who gave their all and lost their jobs. We have asked First Team Coach Peter Leven, assisted by Scott Anderson, to lead training on an interim basis.”

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