Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty sign two-year contract extensions with Aberdeen

© SNSAberdeen manager Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty have signed two-year extensions with the club.

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against RoPS Rovaniemi, the pair have committed their futures to the Pittodrie club until 2022.

They were both due to be out of contract at the end of the season and during the 2018-19 campaign, McInnes had been linked to the Scotland job. He has also previously turned down Sunderland and Rangers to remain with the Dons.

McInnes said:  “I am delighted we have been able to agree new contracts with the club. The staff, players and I are committed to trying to deliver success and build upon all we have achieved in the past six years.

“With the opening of our new training campus at Kingsford on the horizon I am excited about the prospect of training professionally in a modern facility, something which should be in keeping with the ambitious club we are.

“It’s no secret that I love working for this club and I will strive to continue to try and create those special moments for our supporters. Working closely together I believe this is possible.

“Lastly, I would like to thank the chairman and the board who deserve great credit for their backing this summer as we look to re-build a competitive team.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes as the Dons returned for pre-season training last month.

The new training complex at Kingsford is due to open later this year, with McInnes playing a key role in the application process.

Aberdeen have reached four domestic cup finals under McInnes and have qualified for Europe in each season since 2013-14.

Chairman Stewart Milne added: “I think everyone recognises what Derek has achieved during his time at the club and I am delighted he has agreed to extend his time at Pittodrie, making him our longest serving manager since Sir Alex Ferguson.

“The board and I strongly believe that with Derek leading this club we have a real platform for further success, and I am confident the team he has rebuilt over the summer will continue to see us competing for trophies, keeping the pressure at the top of the league, and hopefully a strong run in Europe.”