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Craig Brown supports Aberdeen new ground plans

Craig Brown steadied the ship last season when the club was heading for Division One and the charismatic "Father of Scottish Football" has only praise for Dons' new stadium proposals as it moves closer with the appointment of Barr Construction to build their new home stadium.

"An impressive new stadium and training ground would be a massive help towards me signing players in the future," said Brown earlier in the year.

"If I am trying to convince somebody to join Aberdeen and I can show them top-class training facilities, it could sway them to come. When you also add in a new [21,000-seater] stadium, it would be of huge benefit to me in negotiations with players."

Plans for the £38 million, 21,000 capacity stadium which will emit a red glow at night, matching the team's colours was approved by local councillors in February. Construction work could now begin next year with completion anticipated for the start of the 2013/14 season. Barr Construction have previously worked on Scottish Premier League giants Celtic's 60,000-seater Parkhead, as well as St Mary's Stadium, the home of English club Southampton FC.
Brown added that the development is fully justified, irrespective of the history connected to Pittodrie.

"With Aberdeen, if potential signings ask where we train, it is not good to tell them that we jump into a mini-bus to travel to the Barracks," said Brown, who has brought solidity and a winning mentality to his squad.

"Then, after training in the freezing cold, we get back in the bus with all the players sweating to travel back to Pittodrie for a shower. There is absolutely no appeal for potential new players in that."

A new stadium, a new Aberdeen and the hope that Brown can return the glory days enjoyed by his close friend Sir Alex Ferguson.

George Moss

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