Robson leaves future to board as fans get behind him

By Gary Keown



dmg media (UK)


BARRY ROBSON insists the ball is in the Aberdeen board’s court after hearing the Dons faithful sing his name during a resounding win over Hearts. Two goals from Duk Lopes and a Mattie Pollock header had the Pittodrie outfit three goals up after 28 minutes and it took some good work from visiting goalkeeper Zander Clark to keep the score down afterwards. Punters chanted in support of interim head coach Robson before and after the half-time interval and, with interviews for the stillvacant managerial position understood to be lined up for during the international break, the 44-year-old plans to have a chat himself with chief executive Alan Burrows and director of football Steven Gunn in the coming days. Asked whether he would like greater clarity on the future with Aberdeen now just four points behind Hearts in the battle for third place in the Premiership, he replied: ‘A question for the board again. There’s nothing I can give you on that. ‘I’ve not spoken to them. It’s something you’ll need to ask them. ‘We’ve got a lot of boys away on international duty next week. I think I’ll sit down with Steven Gunn and Alan Burrows. ‘We’ve got training to get organised for the players, so I might sit down with them next week, I don’t know. I’m sure they’ll let you know when there’s something happening.’ With regard to punters singing his praises, Robson said: ‘I’ve been with the club a long time. I’m from up here,’ he said. ‘I’m not bothered about them singing my name. ‘I just want to win football matches for them. I just want them to go home happy. ‘Some of those fans have been working all week, they come here and just want to see a bit of excitement and want to go home with their families, with their mates, have a pint and chat about the game. ‘That’s what I’m in the job for. I just want them to be happy and enjoy watching their team.’ Robson (pictured) was similarly non-committal on this victory really igniting the battle for third place in the table and the UEFA millions it opens the door to. ‘Let’s just keep winning games,’ said Robson, who reported that Jonny Hayes had recovered after being taken off in the first half with a head knock. ‘You know what I am like. I can only focus on one thing at a time and that’s winning football matches and not looking any further. ‘Robbie Neilson has built a brilliant team and that has made the performance even better for me.’