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Jimmy Thelin Aberdeen rallying cry as new boss prepares for official start

Jimmy Thelin has issued an Aberdeen rallying cry ahead of his official start as manager.

The Swede will take over as Pittodrie boss this summer after being recruited from Elfsborg with the Dons desperate for him to breath new life into them after a turbulent season. The 46-year-old agreed to take over but only once his current club's Allsvenskan season ended and he will take charge of his last match this Saturday away to IFK Goteborg.

Soon after that, he will officially take over as Aberdeen manager. Barry Robson landed the job last summer after a stunning impact as interim boss but only lasted until January, sacked with the team sitting in eighth in the Premiership. Neil Warnock took over temporarily but was in place for less than 40 days and then Peter Leven steadied the ship.

Thelin insists he needs everybody at the club to be pulling in the same direction to make it a success.

He told the Press & Journal: “We have a lot of work to do together at Aberdeen. Everyone has to be working in the same direction – me, the staff, the people inside the club and the supporters.

"We have to keep it in one direction and give everything we have to create success together. I think everyone is really looking forward to working together.”

Aberdeen have had a large turnover of players and it's likely to be the same again as Thelin looks to revitalise an underachieving squad and bring his own players in.

He added: "Every year we have had a high turnover of players. It is not always easy to get a hit right away.

"It takes some time before players find their way – Elfsborg is very good at that. There had been changes in the squad because some players have moved on (last winter). They have done a lot of good for Elfsborg and it was time for them to take the step into Europe.

“Then we have to find that basic stability, some have very high peaks, but need a higher platform to start on. That journey must be made by all players, and all have made it. You sometimes forget that everyone needs that time.”