JIM GOODWIN is braced for the sack as Aberdeen boss after being made to sweat for 24 hours.
Angry Dons fans wanted the Irishman fired immediately after Monday night’s humiliating Scottish Cup defeat to Darvel.Jim Goodwin’s time at Aberdeen is all but up[/caption]
Club owner Dave Cormack refused to wield the axe and put Goodwin out of his misery.
But the 41-year-old is expected to be told his time in charge at Pittodrie is over today after just 11 months in charge.
SunSport understands a board meeting is provisionally scheduled for late Wednesday afternoon.
By then Cormack will have sounded out the club’s US-based directors — Tom Crotty and Dimitros Efstathiou — with Goodwin’s fate likely to be sealed.
Barring a last-minute reprieve, his time as boss will come to an ugly end.
Goodwin has been under huge pressure since last week’s 5-0 Premiership defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.
Monday’s shocking Cup exit to sixth-tier Darvel meant his position became virtually untenable.
The former Alloa and St Mirren boss turned up for work as normal today.
His squad is off tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s trip to Easter Road to face Hibs.
But they’re likely now to have a caretaker boss in charge for the crucial league clash in Edinburgh.
Goodwin was adamant he would not quit after the 1-0 defeat to Darvel.
But Dons legend Alex McLeish says the result has had a damaging effect on the club.
He said: “I’ve got empathy for the manager because I know what it feels like when you have dark days as a manager and we all suffer at times.
“He must be feeling as low as he can ever feel.
“I feel for the club at the moment.
“Dave Cormack’s a good mate and I know he’s seriously trying to get them to a better level.
“But I’m afraid that one has dragged them back a mile.
“The Darvel manager’s pre-match team talk was pretty inspiring for the players in the dressing room. But of course you don’t win a game just with a team talk.
“He had them really up for it and they created a bit of history.
“What I didn’t see in the Dons was the ability to beat a man, eliminate defenders or pass around to eliminate them.
“There was a lot of square passing and back passing and they didn’t look in a good rhythm.
“It’s probably a lot to do with confidence, but watching the game, I thought, ‘They’re going to score at some time. They’re going to get at least one or two chances’.
“When they did get them the goalie came up with a fantastic save.
“But in saying that they should be creating much, much more.
“That creativity and flair is not quite there at the club and is it down to that confidence or is it down to individual players not feeling in their best moments?”
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