Kris Commons reckons Dave Cormack must choose Aberdeen’s next manager wisely – or risk losing the fans.
The former Celtic star suspects the Dons chairman would struggle to recover from two failed appointments in a row after the club sacked Stephen Glass on Sunday.
Cormack pulled the trigger on Derek McInnes’ successor after just 11 months in charge with Aberdeen languishing in ninth in the Premiership.
Saturday’s Scottish Cup defeat to Motherwell proved the final straw and the likes of Jack Ross and Jim Goodwin are now in the frame to take the job.
In a scathing assessment, Commons insists Glass’ disappointing reign reflects poorly on the chairman.
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He wrote in the Daily Mail: “The move to appoint Glass was Cormack’s brainchild and, less than a year into the experiment, it has completely backfired.
“Over the past couple of years, during the depths of the pandemic, Cormack became one of the most prominent and outspoken club officials in Scottish football.
“He was a regular on radio shows Sportsound and Off The Ball, taking aim at the Scottish Government and the SPFL for their handling of the Covid crisis.
“Listen, some of the points he made were valid and justified. But it’s a bit rich trying to hammer the game’s authorities on national radio when you can’t even get your own house in order.
“In one of his more memorable radio appearances last October, and in what proved to be a misguided defense of Glass, Cormack spoke about Aberdeen’s early-season form.
“‘We won five of the first six games, including two against a top Swedish team,’ said Cormack, referencing the Europa Conference League qualifiers against BK Hacken.
“But he was incorrect. Aberdeen beat Hacken 5-1 at home in the first leg, before then losing 2-0 in Sweden. They prevailed on aggregate and did not, as he claimed, beat them twice.
“It was also a stretch to refer to Hacken as a ‘top Swedish team’. They went on to finish 12th, fifth from bottom in the Swedish top flight.
“There is a bigger picture in all of this and it does not reflect well on Cormack and his stewardship of the club.
“Since he became chairman in November 2019, Aberdeen’s on-field results have been in a state of steady decline. The club has regressed. What’s the point in having a lovely new training facility if you’re languishing ninth in the league and have no hope of winning silverware?
“From that position, you’re always going to struggle to attract decent players. Over the past couple of years, their signings have, by and large, been poor.
“Aberdeen have won one trophy in the past 25 years. It hardly speaks of a big club, does it? Sorry, but there are slight delusions of grandeur and living off the history created by Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Yet, even so, they should still be in a far better position than they are at the moment. Cormack simply has to get this next appointment right. If he doesn’t, the fans will turn on him.
“They can perhaps excuse one failed appointment. Two in a row, however, would reflect really poorly on his judgment.”