McInnes extends Pittodrie stay

14 March 2014 10:48:40 EST

Aberdeen have handed manager Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty new contracts just before they face Inverness in the League Cup final.

The duo, who took over at Pittodrie 11 months ago, are now contracted to the Dons until the end of the 2016-17 season.

As well as guiding Aberdeen to the League Cup final - the Dons are 4/9 to lift the trophy - the duo have led the club to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and to second spot in the Premiership.

McInnes said: "When Tony and I arrived at Pittodrie we knew we'd need time to transform it into our squad. We've demonstrated this season that we're definitely heading in the right direction but we're far from the finished article.

"We both really enjoy working at the club but we're only some way towards what we'd like to achieve here. It's great that the board also believes we're doing a decent job and the additional contract allows us time to really plan for the future in terms of developing the squad."

We both really enjoy working at the club but we are only some way towards what we would like to achieve here.

Derek McInnes

Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Barry Robson, 10/1 to open the scoring on Sunday, can't wait to play in another high-profile match.

He has played for Celtic against Barcelona in the Champions League and also collected a League Cup and championship winners' medal with the Bhoys.

Robson said: "I've been lucky enough to have played in massive games. The Champions League nights at Parkhead, Old Trafford, they don't come much bigger than that.

"But if I could win the League Cup with Aberdeen it would mean as much to me as anything else I've achieved."

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