Liam McLeod, BBC Sport Scotland
These are dark times once more for Aberdeen. The bleak mid-winter has again left the Dons’ fans angry and confused while Tuesday’s spilling of two more points to Dundee has left the club with no option but to sack Barry Robson as manager almost exactly a year after taking over as caretaker.
In 2022 it was Stephen Glass. In 2023 it was Jim Goodwin. In 2024 it is Robson. A disturbing pattern has developed at Pittodrie in recent years for the club’s supporters who brandished a damning banner at the end of Tuesday’s stalemate that read: “Blind leading the blind, falling miles behind.”
The statistics back up the club’s decision. Their worst league season since 2012, six league wins in 21, four home wins by February and 12 victories in 39 games since Robson took the reins full-time. Three years ago and in the final chapter of the Derek McInnes era at this stage of the season, they were five points off second place, this season that gap is 28 points. McInnes was relieved of his duties a couple of months later.
And this is playing out amid the backdrop of feel-good stories at their main rivals for European places as Hibernian welcome multi-million pound investment, Hearts gripping third place, Dundee appearing to have had an excellent transfer window in the loan market while their former boss McInnes has Kilmarnock in the top four.
And as if things couldn’t get more challenging for Aberdeen they have Celtic and Rangers in their next two fixtures.
Going by the reaction from the crowd at full-time after the Dundee game the majority of the supporter base had seen enough as they passed judgement on another poor display with Tony Docherty’s team dominating much of the second half.
The question now is who is next? The likes of Alex Neil and Neil Lennon will be mentioned by bookmakers but one thing is for sure, chairman Dave Cormack and his board must get this appointment right after three successive failures.