Jim Goodwin forced to wait on Aberdeen sack decision as Dave Cormack leaves boss in 24 hour limbo

Jim Goodwin forced to wait on Aberdeen sack decision as Dave Cormack leaves boss in 24 hour limbo

Jim Goodwin faces a 24-hour sweat over his job as the Aberdeen powerbrokers meet to discuss his future. The Dons boss is fighting to stay in position after his team suffered yet more humiliation this season – being dumped out of the Scottish Cup by minnows Darvel on Monday night.

But Pittodrie chairman Dave Cormack and his board have yet to make a decision on their manager’s future - with high-level talks planned over the next 24 hours. Large sections of the Red Army have turned on their manager in recent weeks with the defeat at Darvel - the worst in the club’s history - the final straw for many.

Cormack and his fellow directors are well aware that results haven’t been good enough and there needs to be a dramatic improvement. They now have to decide whether or not Goodwin is the man to take them forward or it is time for change.

Goodwin pulled his players into Cormack Park on Monday for showdown talks. The squad were hauled in for a frank discussion about the performance at Darvel and recent poor performances.

The squad were left in no doubt that their displays haven’t been good enough and they must start doing a lot better. Goodwin will now be hoping he is given the green light from the board to continue, with the Dons at rivals Hibs at the weekend.

The Pittodrie side are on a dire run of just one win since the winter break, which has seen them slide down the table and crash out of both domestic cups. A major issue for Aberdeen is Goodwin was headhunted from St Mirren in a six-figure move less than a year ago.

The Dons board thought he was the man to replace them after the appointment of Stephen Glass ended in disappointment. Goodwin came in at the end of last season and missed out on the top six and ended up finishing just outside the relegation play-off spot.

He was given major funds in the summer with the sale of Lewis Ferguson and Calvin Ramsay. That allowed him to spend decent fees on Bojan Miovski, Duk, Ylber Ramadani and Jayden Richardson.

The likes of Miovski, Duk and Ramadani shone in the first half of the season as the Dons went into the World Cup break in third spot. The restart has seen them slump behind Hearts and now Livingston, with one win and the season threatening to peter out. That has left Goodwin on the brink and the Aberdeen board with a major decision to make.

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