ABERDEEN surprised most by confirming Jim Goodwin is staying as manager.

It was widely expected the Dons would sack the 41-year old on Wednesday after a board meeting was arranged at Pittodrie in the wake of Monday’s horror defeat to Darvel.


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Sutton has been left suitably unimpressed with the Dons’ statement
Kenny Ramsay – Commissioned by The Sun Glasgow

However, in a stunning turn of events, Aberdeen supremo Dave Cormack released a statement announcing that Goodwin was in fact KEEPING his job.

However, the chairman’s statement wasn’t necessarily one that gave full backing to his manager.

Instead, it came with a warning – effectively turn things round now, or that’s it.

Goodwin, effectively, is on his very last chance to get it right at Pittodrie.

The last part of Cormack’s statement read: “From our wider discussions over the last two days, we believe that the senior players and the squad are behind the manager.

“Combined with our discussions at today’s meeting, Jim will be in the dug-out on Saturday.

“However, to be clear, Jim has been left in no doubt that the Board and the fans are seeking an immediate response from him and the players.”

The wording of the statement hasn’t gone down well with former Celtic striker Chris Sutton.

He’s blasted it as RIDICULOUS – and seems to think that Dons chiefs are avoiding making a final decision either way.

Taking to Twitter, Sutton said: “What a ridiculous statement this is.

“Beat Hibs or you’re sacked??

“Make a decision one way or the other.”

Even before Monday’s shock 1-0 defeat to non-league Darvel in the Scottish Cup, Goodwin was under immense pressure.

Having been four points clear in third when domestic football took its break for the World Cup, Aberdeen have now slipped to 5th in the table and are NINE points behind Hearts who now occupy that third spot.

Including their latest loss, it’s a run of just one win in nine games in all competitions for the Dons.

But after the events in Darvel, Goodwin insisted he IS the man to turn the team’s fortunes around.

And it appears he’s going to get his chance to attempt to do just that.

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