Skip to main content

Andy Considine’s Aberdeen exit confirmed after details of private talks ‘leaked’

Motherwell v Aberdeen – William Hill Scottish Cup – Semi Final – Hampden Park
(Image credit: Andrew Milligan)

Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin has confirmed that long-serving defender Andy Considine will leave the club at the end of the season after failing to agree a new deal.

Goodwin moved to clarify the situation after claiming details of a confidential meeting with the 35-year-old had been leaked.

In a statement on the Dons’ website, he said: “I feel compelled to let our supporters know the facts after my meeting with Andy was leaked, which I feel has thrown myself and the club under the bus.

“On 10th February, the club offered Andy a new one-year contract, rewarding him with a six-figure guaranteed deal, and furthermore offered him the opportunity of a pathway into coaching with our youth academy, where the club would continue to invest in his future including his coaching badges.

“Andy’s agent on 23rd March sent in a counter-offer which was over 50 per cent more than our offer in guaranteed wages, and for a two-year contract.

“During my confidential talks with Andy, we discussed the parties being too far apart financially and the reality is that I cannot guarantee him playing time next season. Ultimately, and understandably, Andy wants to play.

“We were to meet again on Thursday to agree a joint statement on Andy moving on after a sterling career and service to Aberdeen.

“Unfortunately, this discussion was leaked, but not by the club, and shouldn’t have been in the public domain until it was agreed by both parties.

“I would prefer to handle these sensitive discussions in-house and not have them played out in the media but feel it is important to now provide an insight into the situation.

“I have to make these difficult decisions and take the emotion out of it. This is entirely a football decision and, as manager of this club, it is my job to ensure we have a dynamic squad fully equipped for the challenges of the new season.”

Considine has enjoyed an 18-year career at Pittodrie and Goodwin, who took over from Stephen Glass in February, thanked him for his service.

He said: “It goes without saying that everyone at the club thanks Andy for all his efforts over many, many years at Pittodrie and we wish him all the very best for the future when he does leave.

“The focus now has to only be about trying to win the game against Ross County on Saturday.”

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1