Stephen Glass sacked as manager of Aberdeen

Aberdeen v Qarabag – UEFA Europa Conference League – Play-offs – Second Leg – Pittodrie Stadium
(Image credit: Steve Welsh)

Aberdeen have sacked Stephen Glass following their Scottish Cup exit.

The Pittodrie club confirmed the change in management within 24 hours of Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Motherwell.

A poor start to 2022 had increased the pressure on Glass, who leaves after 11 months in the dugout with Aberdeen out of all three cup competitions and currently ninth in the cinch Premiership.

A club statement on Sunday read: “Aberdeen FC this morning confirms the departure of manager Stephen Glass.

“Stephen has left the Dons with immediate effect alongside coaches Allan Russell and Henry Apaloo.

“The club would like to thank Stephen, Allan and Henry for their efforts and wish them the best in their future careers.

“The process to appoint a new manager will commence immediately and a further update regarding the club’s interim coaching team will be communicated shortly.”

Glass replaced Derek McInnes, who had been at the helm for eight years, in March and in the process returned to a club where he made more than 100 appearances as a player between 1994 and 1998.

After leading Aberdeen to a fourth-placed finish last season, the 45-year-old has struggled for results this term and saw the Dons exit the Premier Sports Cup in August following a shock defeat to lowly Raith.

Having failed to qualify for the Europa Conference League group stage in August, a five-match losing streak in the cinch Premiership further increased the pressure, but four wins in December before the winter break eased some of the scrutiny on the ex-Shamrock Rovers assistant.

No league victory since the turn of the year saw more speculation over Glass’ future and some of the 2,000 visiting fans at Motherwell on Saturday vented their anger at the now departed Dons manager.

Bottom-of-the-table St Johnstone visit Aberdeen on Tuesday.

The club confirmed on Sunday evening that an interim coaching team led by Barry Robson had been put in place to oversee first-team affairs until the appointment of a new boss.

Robson steps up from his role with the under-18s and is joined by Neil Simpson, Scott Anderson and team captain Scott Brown.

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