Aberdeen FC confirms Stephen Glass as their new manager today.
The 44-year-old Scotland International return to the club they played for between 1994-1998, having managed 60 professional games with Atlanta United as head coach of Atlanta United 2 who play in the professional league at full time at USL under MLS, and as Atlanta United Head Coach 2. Interim Head Coach of Atlanta United MLS team after Frank De Boer’s departure.
A promising youngster, who rose through the ranks at Pittodria and made 131 appearances in an Aberdeen jersey, Stephen rose to Hampden’s glory in the 1995 League Cup final, where he was the man of the match. , before moving south and playing. in the English Premiership under some notable figures of the game, namely, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson and Gianluca Vialli.
After an impressive playing career, Stephen was assistant manager at Shamrock Rovers before moving to America where he became a highly respected coach, learning his trade at Carolina RailHawks, Triangle Futbol Club and Carolina Rapids. Holder of his UEFA Pro license since 2014, he joined Atlanta United in 2018 focusing on their elite U17 squad before taking the position of Atlanta United 2 head coach in 2019.
Stephen’s management experience aligns with the AFC’s overall coaching and playing philosophy; to inspire our supporters through an exciting brand of football with local talent at its heart, competing and winning at the highest possible level.
Stephen is delighted to be returning to Pittodria and is excited about the challenges that lie ahead.
“It is a real honor to be appointed manager of Aberdeen FC. Since retiring from the game, I have strived to be the best coach I can be with the goal of being able to get an opportunity like this.
“Having worked with a number of esteemed managers and coaches in the game, my football education was extended and my time with Atlanta United 2 gave me the chance to develop exciting young players and hone my football skills. ‘coach.
“From the initial conversations I have had with the President and the Board this week, I am extremely excited about the plans that are in place for next season. Fans of Dons can be assured of my Aberdeen willingness to compete fiercely and win.
AFC President Dave Cormack added: “During our recruiting process, our football strategy, our philosophy and the key attributes we want in a new manager led us to shortlist and interview a certain number of highly talented, motivated and ambitious emerging coaches. Stephen was the outstanding candidate for the role. He is a bright and emerging young manager who has all the attributes we are looking for to move this club forward.
“His winning mentality, having been framed in the ‘Aberdeen Way’ from an early age by people like Teddy Scott, Alex Smith and Willie Miller, and the desire to embrace the Club’s strategy were key factors in our decision. . He is committed to adopting an exciting and attacking style of football and to maximizing the budget of our players so that we can get the most out of and balance the experienced players and, most importantly, develop and play the young players of the first team.
“His coaching style and background in developing young players at Atlanta United, like George Bello from the academy to the first team, to now become an American international player, and working with top professionals like l Argentina international Pity Martinez, a South American Player of the Year, whom Atlanta United went on to sell for around $ 20 million, and his leadership and communication skills are just what we need at this point to Aberdeen Football Club.