Jim Goodwin reveals Dave Cormack ‘strong’ relationship as Aberdeen boss goes to bat for chairman over success claim

04 Th6 2022 | 08:48 | Football

Dave Cormack made mistakes but Jim Goodwin knows he’s determined to put things right and achieve Aberdeen challenging return to the right end of the Scottish Premiership.

Aberdeen’s chairman has come under a lot of criticism from his own fans when he appoints Stephen Glass as back coach at the end of the 2020-21 season.

It was an unsuccessful test that saw Aberdeen reach the former heights they enjoyed under Derek McInnes, who led the team to Europe for eight consecutive seasons.

Cormack and Pittodrie board decided to pull the plug on Glass in February and move to Goodwin.

The former St Mirren coach also failed to inspire, missing out on the top six and finishing in a disappointing 10th place.

However, Goodwin will now have his first transfer window to start rebuilding and knows he will have the full support of the Pittodrie hierarchy.

Goodwin said: “Mr Cormack invested millions of his own dollars to improve his team.

“He may have stayed in the US and invested in a Major League Soccer team but his loyalty is here to Aberdeen, the city and the football club.

“He wants to give the people of Aberdeen a team they can be proud of.

“Yes, he raised his hand and you have to admire for a mistake or two that he made but he is determined to correct it. There is no doubt about that.”

Cormack makes no secret of his ambitious plans for Aberdeen, taking them to challenge the big two and making them one of Europe’s top 100 clubs.

Goodwin believes he is building a good relationship with Cormack but there will be times when they clash because they have similar characteristics.

The Aberdeen boss added: “I don’t think anyone watching this would expect me to say anything negative about the chairman. All I can be honest.

“The relationship that we are building and we are still in the early stages of it is a really strong and positive relationship.

“I have been involved in clubs in the past where the president wanted to run things from top to bottom but didn’t really invest in that, their personal wealth.

“Both him and I have very similar characteristics that we want everything to be done yesterday. We were both impatient but when I got back to accountability and everyone was held accountable for their roles the president did it.

“He’s also out there with the fans because there are a lot of clubs that I’ve been at in the past where the supporters have always criticized the club for not being transparent enough or having enough dialogue with the fans. donate.

“No one can attribute that to the president. He goes into all of these support groups to different groups on game days, where he sits down and talks to them and pitches his ideas.”

The components of the red shirt army are not satisfied with the results and performances on the field. Goodwin claims that Cormack has put a lot of good things off the pitch that will eventually materialize later, like the overhaul of the player recruitment structure at Pittodrie.

“He is used to being successful and I am sure he will bring success to Aberdeen,” the former Alloa manager, speaking on RedTV, stated.

“Some things happened that the fans didn’t really see. When you talk about recruitment, it was Dave Cormack who promoted Steven Gunn to the position of director of football, a position a club like Aberdeen should have.

“It was Dave Cormack who restructured the hiring with Steven and they brought in Darren Mowbray (head of recruiting).

“I was a bit apprehensive about meeting him because I felt if I couldn’t build a relationship with him I would change but fortunately he has a real eye for a player and we I also understand what we need. for the team to develop.

“Dave has to be congratulated for so much of what he’s done.”

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