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By ESPN Staff

Dons still searching for manager

Aberdeen have insisted they are yet to offer anyone the role of manager at Pittodrie, having parted company with Mark McGhee last week.

Scotland Under-21 boss Billy Stark and former Hibernian manager John Hughes are among those in contention to succeed him, while Motherwell confirmed on Wednesday that their manager Craig Brown and his assistant Archie Knox had held discussions with Aberdeen, but opted to stay at Fir Park.

Dons chairman Stewart Milne, chief executive Duncan Fraser and director of football Willie Miller formed a sub-committee to draw up a shortlist for the managerial vacancy, a process which is ongoing.

A spokesperson said on the club's official website: ''The situation at present is that we are undertaking due diligence on a limited number of potential candidates, but we are not yet at the stage of making an offer to anyone.

''As has been widely reported, as part of this process, we enquired whether Craig Brown and Archie Knox would be interested in the possibility of coming to Aberdeen and that is as far as it went.

''The board is well aware that while we need to get someone in place as soon as possible, it is even more important that the person we appoint is the correct one for Aberdeen Football Club.

''In the meantime, Neil Cooper and Neil Simpson are doing an excellent job in interim control of first team matters with the focus very much on the weekend trip to Tynecastle.''

Despite Brown's original decision, he could yet change his mind as he revealed he would be sitting down to consider the offer again.

Brown told the Press and Journal: "Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne phoned me back on Wednesday and asked if we would be prepared to reconsider our refusal to be a candidate for the job.

"Quite frankly, although we originally said no, after the very pleasant appeal from the Aberdeen chairman to reconsider our position, we will have another agonising sit-down and talk out of respect for a man who we both respect.

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