Speirs will lead the team into Saturday's Scottish Premier League match with Motherwell FC after the Aberdeen board moved to end the uncertainty over Skovdahl's position at the club. The Danish manager had said last Friday that he was leaving Pittodrie but was prepared to stay until a successor had been found.
On the slide
However, after the subsequent draw with Dundee United FC and Tuesday's home defeat by Kilmarnock FC, Aberdeen chief executive Keith Wyness insisted: "We are aware of the need for maximum urgency. The Kilmarnock defeat re-emphasised that we cannot let things slide any further. It seems we are in limbo and the players need some fresh direction to get them going again."
Speirs, who had been Skovdahl's No 2, takes over for the meantime with Drew Jarvie as his assistant, while Skovdahl should officially end his four-year stay with the club next week. "The club is in the midst of a difficult period and we are grateful to Gardner for taking the reins just now," Wyness added. "We hope this move will remove some of the uncertainty surrounding the club." Aberdeen are in eighth place in the SPL, six points above bottom club Motherwell.
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