But should they worry about that when Jack Ross appears to be the number one contender to take over the role?
The St Mirren manager has regularly been mentioned as the preferred choice to replace McInnes when he leaves Pittodrie and, with Rangers’ initial failed approach believed to just be the beginning in their pursuit of the Aberdeen gaffer, we could be talking about Ross to the Dons sooner rather than later.
You can understand the frustration of some Aberdeen fans if McInnes does leave for Rangers – he has transformed the club over his time in charge of course.
But Ross should have them feeling confident about the future if he was to move from high-flying St Mirren to Aberdeen.
Here we give Aberdeen fans some reasons why they should be excited about Ross:
He’s at the Right Age
At just 41, Ross is at the beginning of his managerial career and Aberdeen could be getting him at a time when he’s fully determined to make as big an impact as possible at a high level. Ross has the makings of a manager at the very top level and may even see Aberdeen as a stepping stone to bigger things in Scotland or England. But that isn’t a bad thing for the Pittodrie club. If they could get a talented, young manager like Ross to lead them for the next five years, that would undoubtedly be a boost to the club.
He’s Proven Himself With Alloa and St Mirren
Ross may have been relegated with Alloa in his first season at the club, but he took over halfway through the campaign with the team already struggling at the bottom. His first full season was very different as he led Alloa to second in League One and a respectable Betfred Cup exit at the hands of Celtic before being tempted away by St Mirren. It’s at the Buddies where he really showed how good he is. Taking over with them rock bottom of the Championship and without a win in their opening eight games, Ross turned it around to not only avoid the automatic drop but also the relegation play off spot. Now St Mirren sit just a point off the top of the Championship in this campaign – and you’d have to consider them as among the promotion contenders.
Brendan Rodgers is a Big Fan
Speaking after Celtic beat St Mirren in the Scottish Cup last season, Ross, per dailyrecord.co.uk, said: “St Mirren are the best team that we’ve played domestically and that’s including the Premiership.
“I know they’re at the bottom of the Championship. I know Jack Ross has gone in there and he’s done a fantastic job. You can see that in the team.
“They’re very well coached, very well organised, got good mobility, good speed and they can cause you a problem.”
That’s Not the Only Praise He’s Received
Jim Goodwin was very complimentary of Ross before he left Alloa for St Mirren, saying: “I’ve been really impressed with Jack.
“He’s got great experience, played at a decent level, but the big thing for me is his man management and coaching.
“A lot of young coaches and managers tend to just recycle training sessions and come out with the same cliches that they’ve heard from managers they’ve worked with down the years.
“I’ve always said that if I ever got the chance to be a coach or manager, it’s something I wouldn’t do – it’s nice to freshen things up with new ideas and do more research rather than take the easy way out and recycle things.
“So that’s one thing that Jack does really, really well to put on training sessions that the lads haven’t done before.
“Doing something new and different stimulates the boys’ brains – that boredom doesn’t set in that it’s something you’ve done for the last 10 years or whatever.
“His attention to detail for training sessions and matches with the limited time he has with the players is fantastic.
“He’s a genuine good guy and the biggest compliment you could give to a manager is, when guys who aren’t even in the starting XI are saying he’s good then you know he’s good.
“I’ve been there myself, when you’re not in the team you think the manager is this, that and everything else because he doesn’t fancy you as a player.
“But I’ve not heard anyone in the dressing room, or outwith the club for that matter, who’s said a bad word about him.”
Former Alloa striker Greig Spence had this to say about Ross: “I’m not just saying this because he’s our manager, but I think he’s night and day with anyone I’ve ever worked with.
“It’s his first competitive job and I’d be very surprised if he was at Alloa for long. He’ll get a top job and he’ll do well at a top job.
“He reminds me a lot of Alex Neil, who I played under at Hamilton.
“But he’s the best I’ve worked under. He understands players, he’s got the tactical side, but his man management with players is excellent and he just demands respect constantly from us.”
Former Aberdeen midfielder Neale Cooper said of Jack: “He has all the right attributes to become an Aberdeen manager, young, a good lad and I’m sure he’d fit the criteria.
“In many ways it would be like Derek’s appointment. Young, enthusiastic and ambitious and I think the Aberdeen fans would go for it.
“Jack’s a good coach and he’s going up the levels as I said. He’s working his way through and, although it would be a big loss if Derek goes, getting Jack might provide fresh excitement for the Aberdeen supporters.”
And Just Look at What the St Mirren Fans Think of Him
And He Could Bring Some of St Mirren’s Best Talent
A big part of why St Mirren are where they are is because of the young talent in their team, including Lewis Morgan and Kyle Magennis. Both are Scotland youth internationalists and tipped to get moves away from the club to bigger teams. Could that be Aberdeen if Ross was to go there? They’d certainly improve the Dons.