Scottish Football - Trophies high on McInnes' wish-list

Derek McInnes has targeted bringing silverware back to Pittodrie as he bids to get the best out of the players.

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Derek McInnes is keen for Aberdeen to recreate their glory days

McInnes will take over from Craig Brown as Aberdeen manager in two weeks looking to meet the demands of Dons fans who were treated to 12 major trophies from 1980 to 1990, including the European Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup, but nothing since a League Cup success in 1995-96.

The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss is relishing the challenge of getting Aberdeen back to the top table of Scottish football after Brown bids to avert a fourth consecutive bottom-six finish in the Scottish Premier League.

McInnes, who will again be joined by long-time assistant Tony Docherty, told the club's official website: "We love the contact with players. It's really important we get close to the players.

"What we can do is try to make small steps to get a bit of optimism and momentum about Aberdeen.

"Aberdeen is well respected for its history and its support but we want to be respected for a team on the pitch again.

"I am no different to the supporters in terms of what I want. I want to get to cup finals and win trophies."

Brown and assistant Archie Knox asked for the chance to meet their top-six target by continuing to lead the team against Hearts at Pittodrie on Saturday and Dundee United at Tannadice the following weekend.

McInnes said: "This season Craig and Archie have really tried to make strides in that but we want to take it on.

"We want a team the Aberdeen fans can be proud of, a team that other teams fear and respect, and hopefully get a team that can inspire the city and people want to come and watch us."

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