Derek McInnes is hopeful his players can get back to their best without added pressure after the Aberdeen board backed him to continue in his job as manager.
Chairman Dave Cormack came out in defence of his boss this week despite criticism over the Dons’ form in the Premiership. McInnes’s men lost 2-0 to Hibs and fell behind in the race for third place but Cormack maintains Del is the man for the job.
The former Rangers midfielder, though, believes speculation about his future has not helped his players who have struggled of late. And he hopes the vote of confidence can help them get back on track.
“I think anybody looks for support from the people you work for and it’s no different,” he said. “I am here to support the whole football department and the players and get them through a tough time. It’s not the first time we have had a difficult run of results but we have always found a way to come through it. I think people at this club remember that.
“I have had loads of support externally from supporters, messages and emails and all the rest of it, and I am absolutely delighted with all that because I know there’s a lot of people willing us to do well and I know what this club means.
“I know what it means to myself and we just want to try and knuckle down and get on with the job in hand.
“Hopefully with the board coming out and saying what they have said, we can just concentrate on the game. Because going into the game last week there was far too much pressure on my players.”
McInnes also provided an update on former Hibs and Rangers striker Florian Kamberi who is still in need of a work permit to complete his move from St Gallen and grant him eligibility to play. “We have had a few blows with injuries and through January, scrambling about the last day of the window is not how I want to do business,” McInnes added.
“We could have done a lot of work better earlier in the window so there was a lot I wasn’t happy about.
“We are trying to get that forward line reinvented. Kamberi’s work permit issues are still to be resolved, Fraser Hornby has come down with a bug this week and hasn’t trained for the last few days.
“Ryan Hedges is having his operation on Friday and Greg Leigh is probably out for the season with a hamstring injury.
“So we are taking a few blows. But I would rather concentrate on the players who are available and that’s what the focus is, making these boys as good as they can be.”
He went on :“We are confident we are going to get [Kamberi’s] work permit. We wouldn’t have made that signing if we didn’t think that would be overcome, but the whole issue is timing.
“You depend on so many people before the boy can get to the stage where he can actually put his boots on and come out and train with us.
“He’s in the country, he flew in on Wednesday but being able to get him training with the boys is beyond us at the minute. We are just waiting on the stamp of approval.”