Derek McInnes has left Aberdeen after eight years in charge and is fourth in the Scottish Premier League

The 49-year-old, who was under contract until 2022, was the longest-serving manager in the Scottish Premier League and won the League Cup in 2014

But Saturday’s draw with Hamilton brought one win in nine games, and Aberdeen only scored five goals in 2021

McInnes thanked the club and the fans and saidexternal-link that his “motivation to be successful has never waned”

The former boss of St Johnstone and Bristol City step out along with assistant Tony Docherty, with whom he reached four cup finals and qualified for European football for seven years in a row

Chairman Dave Cormack says the hiring of a new manager will begin “immediately” Paul Sheerin, assisted by Barry Robson and Neil Simpson, will temporarily lead the first team March in Tannadice against the league opponent Dundee United

McInnes was named – and loyally supported – by former Chairman Stewart Milne, who stepped down in 2019 to be replaced by Atlanta-based businessman Dave Cormack

Cormack promised fans an expansive, attacking football, but the percentage of league wins, goals scored and the team’s position have all declined slightly over the past two seasons

McInnes has had to deal with the loss of key players in recent campaigns like Scottish internationals Ryan Jack, Kenny McLean, Graeme Shinnie and Scott McKenna, all of whom he helped develop

More recently, January injuries to Ryan Hedges and Fraser Hornby haven’t helped McInnes, and fans are frustrated with the team’s conservative approach

Speculation about McInnes’ position increased after last month’s defeat by Hibernian, who is three points ahead of the Dons with a game in hand

Thanked McInnes and Docherty, Cormack said the manager had “raised the bar and achieved a level of consistency not seen in the club for many years”

“The results since the turn of the year have been clearly disappointing and frustrating for everyone,” added the chair

“The club now has the option to appoint a new manager ahead of the new season, which will require us to work with a number of non-contracted players to build a competitive squad”

McInnes, the St. Johnstone led to the top promotion in 2009, took over from Craig Brown in April 2013 in Aberdeen The Pittodrie Club fought in the lower half of the Premiership

He took them to third place in his first full season and their first trophy in 19 years, followed by four consecutive runner-up placements in the league

However, Aberdeen was beaten to third place in 2018/19 by Steve Clarkes Kilmarnock and then Motherwell in last year’s shortened season

Although Aberdeen had notable European wins against Groningen and Viking, they failed to reach the Europa League group stage on McInnes’ watch

In 2017, Sunderland and Rangers made approaches for McInnes, but he decided to stay on the pitch after negotiating with both clubs

As a player, the midfielder played for Greenock Morton, Rangers, West Bromwich Albion and Dundee United and won two international matches in Scotland in 2002

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