Atlanta United reserves coach and former Aberdeen midfielder Stephen Glass has officially been appointed as Derek McInnes’s predecessor.
Stephen Glass was previously the assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers before moving to America where he became a coach for the Carolina RailHawks, Triangle Futbol Club and Carolina Rapids. He then joined Atlanta United in 2018 to work with their U17 squad before becoming the head coach of Atlanta United 2 in 2019.
Glass made 131 appearances for the Dons and was apart of the team that lifted the League Cup in 1995.
Stephen Glass said:” I’m very pleased to be able to get in before the end of the season. I think I can come in and affect things very quickly. I’ll enjoy working with the existing staff, we’ll have that period to see how each other works, hopefully be successful through to the end of the season, and then really go into pre-season knowing exactly what we’ve got on our hands. There’s a lot of players out of contract this summer but there’s no decisions made on any of them at the moment. There are some really good players at Pittodrie at present, we’ll be looking at players from out with who we might want to bring in too and I want to look at the young players who might be pushing through. I can take a look at everything over the next couple of months and see how we want to shape up next season.”
There has been no confirmation yet on whether or not Celtic captain Scott Brown will accompany Glass as assistant manager of Aberdeen.
Dave Cormack, Aberdeen chairman said :”His winning mentality, having been mentored in the ‘Aberdeen Way’ from an early age by the likes of Teddy Scott, Alex Smith and Willie Miller, and desire to embrace the Club’s strategy were key factors in our decision. He is committed to an exciting, attacking style of football and maximising our player budget so we can get the best out of, and right balance between, experienced players and, crucially, developing and playing young first team players.
“His coaching style and track-record of developing young players at Atlanta United, like George Bello from the academy to the first team, to now becoming a US international player, and working with top professionals like Argentinian international Pity Martinez, a South American player of the year, who Atlanta United then sold for around $20 million, along with his leadership and communication skills are exactly what we need at this juncture for Aberdeen Football Club.”