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Brown resigns from Well to join Aberdeen

Craig Brown and assistant Archie Knox set to take over the hotseat at Pittodrie.

Dons get their man: Brown and Knox will take charge at Pittodrie
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Craig Brown has announced his resignation as head coach of Motherwell FC with immediate effect, and is expected to be unveiled as the new Aberdeen manager on Friday. The news follows a U-turn by the 70 year-old who orginally said he was happy to stay at Fir Park.

However, Brown has held discussions with both Motherwell and Aberdeen in the last 24 hours and has agreed to take over the reins at Pittodrie. He will be joined by Archie Knox as the Dons seek solidity in the New Year and bid to escape from a relegation dogfight.

A short statement published on Motherwell's official website immediatly after the resignation stated:

“We are surprised and disappointed by the decision of our management team to leave the club at this time and in this way. But it is not in our ethos as a club to stand in anyone’s way that wanted to be somewhere else. We also have far too much respect for Craig and Archie and what they have achieved in the game to do anything other than wish them happiness in what they are setting out to do and to thank them for their efforts in the last year. It is very difficult to understand their decision but we must respect it

The former Scotland boss has been instrumental in the Steelemen's revival since taking over from Jim Gannon a year ago. But it is believed that Brown was concerned he would lose several of his most talented players during the January transfer window.

It remains to be seen whether Brown will choose to relocate to the Granite City, given that he had previously expressed reservations about the ructions any such move would cause to the family.

But while some Dons supporters may feel he is too old to carry out the extensive overhaul of Aberdeen FC they believe is necessary to safeguard the future of the club, Brown, as one of Scottish football's most canny souls, would not have left Motherwell unless he was convinced he could succeed at Pittodrie.

The news leaves Motherwell in a dilemma  and even begs the question of whether they might target Mark McGhee.

Brown, for his part, is likely to spell out his plans for Aberdeen on Friday, while Knox is returning to the place where he enjoyed so much significant success with Sir Alex Fergusion in the 1980s.

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