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McGhee never considered 'walking' from Aberdeen job

Mark McGhee insists he never considered walking away from his job as Aberdeen manager despite a week of intense pressure. A question mark was placed over his position following a 9-0 defeat against Celtic, before losing to Inverness midweek.

But, following lengthy discussions, the board opted to back their boss.

He said: "It would have been an easy option for me to decide I'd had enough of this. I've got a contract and that's worth money to me.

"I could have taken that and been gone and be sitting with my feet up in Brighton and maybe this weekend fly off to Vegas to my brother-in-law's for a couple of weeks and wonder how Aberdeen were getting on back home.

"But that never entered my mind. I was determined to see this through and to try to prove that what I believe can happen here is true.

"That's going to take time, it's going to take a huge amount of effort and it's going to continue to be difficult for me because there are people who have made their minds up.

"I've got to live with that but I'm determined to prove those people wrong."

Asked how tough the last couple of days have been for him, McGhee replied: "Of course it's been difficult but let's not get carried away. It's business, everyone's got their issues.

"We are all under pressure and I don't imagine the pressure that I've had this week is any different from the pressure that any of us get in our jobs.

"It's part and parcel of the job. Sometimes it's very good and sometimes it can be very pressured but I think I've learned to manage that pressure. "I'm not saying I don't feel it and don't think that I didn't lie awake staring at the ceiling this week, but I still manage to see the full picture and I think that's what you've got to do."

The Dons boss believes clear-the-air talks between himself and the board will have a positive impact, while revealing he was not given sole blame for the club's recent problems.

He said: "The last few days have been good and I mean that. "It's been tough in all sorts of ways but in a really positive way because I've got to express all the feelings I've had and all the concerns.

"It was needed and I think we all feel an awful lot better for it. A huge amount of positivity can come out of it, there is no choice, that's what's got to happen.

"I think we were all equally looking at each other. I was looking at them, they were looking at me and we were all saying 'where are we here?' That's what made it healthy.

"It proved that everyone was taking responsibility. They weren't just pointing the finger at me. They were saying 'what's our part in this?'

"I was doing the same and would firmly have taken all the responsibility but, thankfully, those around me were saying it was not all just down to my performance.

"I still feel it is, regardless of what anyone says, I still feel ultimately that my performance is what counts and will count as we go on, regardless of the help I'm getting around me.

"What we've had, really, is a bit of a think-tank. Everyone's got ideas and out of that comes fresh impetus."

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