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Aberdeen boss McInnes pulls in PFA accolade

Aberdeen's Derek McInnes has been named the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Scotland Manager of the Year.

The 42-year old has led the Dons to League Cup glory as well as into second place on the Scottish Premiership table this season to land the prize ahead of Celtic's title-winning manager Neil Lennon, Motherwell's Stuart McCall and St Johnstone's Tommy Wright.

"It is testament to the effort of the players, it shows what can be done with a hungry group of talented boys," the former Bristol City manager said.

"My assistant manager Tony Docherty has been invaluable to me, and the rest of my staff, so the award is as much for them as for me.

"We have had a lot of awards this year, a lot of plaudits so I think that shows how where we have come from as a club and hopefully this time next year there will be something similar again.

"The cup win was needed by the club and the city, the players have enjoyed that success and I think that has whetted their appetite to be successful in the cups again.

"We can't be satisfied with what we have done, I would like to think there is still more to come from us.

"We are not obsessed with finishing second, we just wanted to make sure we improved but now that we are here, with three games to go we want to secure European football.

"Hopefully we can get the points to get European football and if we can move on to second then so be it."

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