Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New Dons boss Jim Goodwin: Scott Brown will continue as player-coach at Aberdeen

Aberdeen team captain Scott Brown
Aberdeen team captain Scott Brown

Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin will not take Scott Brown’s coaching role from him but has told the Dons team captain he may find his opportunities on the training ground limited.

Player-coach Brown is the sole remaining member of the backroom staff appointed by former manager Stephen Glass still on the Pittodrie payroll.

Goodwin will lead the Dons coaching following their move from St Mirren but the new manager has told Brown his input will be welcomed.

However, given his own desire to lead training the new boss has told Brown he will be taking the lead.

Goodwin said: “I don’t have time to ask my assistant Lee Sharp, Scott Brown or Barry Robson who is coach here to be coming in taking bits and pieces.

“That’s the way I’ve always worked and while I’ll always lean on them for an opinion about how things can be done better there won’t be much coaching.

“I’m a bit of a control freak and I like things done my way.

“Scott has kept his title so there’s no big drama.

“I’ve had that done to me in the past where I was player-assistant at St Mirren.

“They made a big song and dance about taking the title off me and I didn’t understand why that happened at the time.

“So there’s no chance of stripping Scott of his title but I have said to him that I’m very hands on as a manager.

“That means he might get a bit frustrated with a lack of opportunity on the training pitch as this is a key moment for me and the rest of the squad.

“I have to get my ideas over to the players and make them understand what I’m asking them to do.”

Coaching role may have changed but Brown still has a big role to play at Pittodrie

Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin

Goodwin has his own vision on how he expects his team to play and while Brown’s coaching influence may be reduced as a result the new Dons boss insists the former Celtic captain still has a big role to play at the club.

He said: “Scott’s been brilliant. I didn’t really have any kind of personal relationship with prior to taking the job other than the few games I played against him and organising teams against him.

“He’s everything I would have imagined as he is a top professional and a leader around the place.

“As soon as the deal got done last Friday he was one of the first calls I made as he’s captain here and it’s important that I made the introduction early.

“He’s had a little hamstring problem and we’ll assess that before we see if he can be included in the squad against Dundee United.

“I’ve obviously spoken to people who’ve been team mates of Scott and nobody has a bad word to say about him.”

St Mirren interview process will benefit Brown in the long term

New St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson

Brown came close to replacing Goodwin at St Mirren after the Dons gave Saints permission to speak to their player-coach only for former Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson to land the role at the Paisley club.

Goodwin is disappointed for Brown but believes being part of the interview process will be a good learning experience for the aspiring manager.

He said: “Aberdeen were approached by St Mirren about speaking to Scott and I had a conversation with him about it.

“I asked him if it was something he would be interested in and he said that at this stage of his career that would be the next step.

“We did the right thing as a club as we were fair to Scott and we wouldn’t deny anybody the chance to do what they want to do.

“It didn’t happen but I think St Mirren have made a terrific appointment as I have a lot of time for Stephen Robinson as we’ve had a lot of good battles on the touchline.

“But with regards to Scott he’s got his head down, he’s not overly disappointed so I’ve not had to pick him up off the floor.

“I think he enjoyed the experience of speaking to the directors of St Mirren and although it was not successful the experience will be invaluable for him going forward.

“When the next one comes round he will be better prepared but he is a player and captain for Aberdeen who’ll play a very influential role in the rest of this season.

“Whether that is on the park starting the game, coming off the bench to influence things as a substitute or just being around the place being the leader he’s always been.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]