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Skovdahl to stand down

Published: Friday 29 November 2002, 14.55CET
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Published: Friday 29 November 2002, 14.55CET

Skovdahl to stand down

Ebbe Skovdahl will stand down as Aberdeen FC manager at the end of the Scottish Premier League season.

Aberdeen FC manager Ebbe Skovdahl has announced that he will relinquish the post at the end of the Scottish Premier League season.

Time for change
The former Brøndby IF and SL Benfica coach has decided that he cannot take Aberdeen any further after three-and-a-half years at the helm and believes it is time for a new man to take command.

'Not an easy decision'
"I've not had any fall-outs with anyone at the club but I have to be honest and say that I feel that I've taken the team as far as I can," the 57-year-old Skovdahl said. "It's not been an easy decision, but it's one I've made with the interests of Aberdeen at heart."

Beaten by Berlin
The Dane guided the Dons to two domestic cup finals in his first season at the club - losing both - and last year Skovdahl's young side finished fourth in the league and earned a place in the UEFA Cup, where they lost in the first round to German side Hertha BSC Berlin.

'Truly disappointed'
Aberdeen chief executive Keith Wyness admitted the club were saddened by Skovdahl's decision, but wished him well in the future, saying: "We are truly disappointed that Ebbe has decided to go. He's contributed immensely to the club." However, Aberdeen have not won any of their last seven league games - taking only three points from a possible 21 to leave them eighth in the 12-team division.

Last updated: 29/11/02 15.10CET

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