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Craig Brown seals move to Aberdeen

Aberdeen last night confirmed the appointment of Craig Brown as manager on a two-and-a-half year contract.

The 70-year-old has completed his switch from Motherwell along with assistant Archie Knox after they handed in their resignation at Fir Park late last night.

The pair will be officially unveiled on Monday, with caretaker bosses Neil Cooper and Neil Simpson remaining in charge for today's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said: “I don't think it's any secret Craig and Archie were our first choice and it's fantastic that they've agreed to come on board."

While the formalities of the deal were completed last night, agreement was reached in principle on Thursday before Brown and Knox stunned Motherwell with their resignations following a dramatic U-turn.

Motherwell have reported Aberdeen to the SPL over an alleged illegal approach but the Dons denied wrongdoing.

Milne said: “An agent contacted the club last week with regard to Craig and Archie and we indicated we would be keen to talk.

“Craig subsequently informed Motherwell that Aberdeen were interested in speaking to him and the Fir Park club raised no objection.

“Motherwell's subsequent statement on Wednesday referred to the fact there had been discussions between the parties without any suggestion of criticism of ourselves and it was therefore a surprise to us and Craig to learn of the accusations of inappropriate conduct."

Motherwell accused the Dons of a "gross discourtesy" and chairman John Boyle called for the Dons to delay the appointment until after the two teams meet on December 18.

That suggestion was not entertained by Aberdeen and Brown tried to defuse the tension by claiming responsibility for the lack of contact.

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