Date: 27th August 2007 at 8:21pm
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Jimmy Calderwood has lost his top scoring striker to compound a disappointing start to the SPL campaign as Craig Brewster heads back up the road to Caley to resurrect his player-manager role.

Caley fans appear to be sensing a bit of an anti-climax after their club was linked with several high profile managers who may have ultimately proved too expensive for the Highlanders to tempt north although, predictably, ICT are claiming they got their man.

Brewster himself seems delighted with the switch that will see him on the opposite side of his ex-Pittodrie team mates when the teams meet on October the 20th and in his first interview since returning he told the Caley website of his delight and ambitions.

He said ‘Since pre-season I have felt good and obviously it was a boost to score two goals at the weekend, making it three goals in my last two games and leave on a high with Aberdeen. I still enjoy training and still get a buzz from going on the park. If I can make a contribution on the park then I will include myself but hopefully these players will not allow me to perform. I really appreciate the time I had at Pittodrie for eight months. I have to thank Jimmy Calderwood, his staff and all the players for their help and support.

But now from today onwards I am looking for that same support from the players, staff and the fans and hopefully we can get back to producing decent results and good performances. I never imagined a second chance would come along but I had certainly hoped it would. It is now up to me to take that chance”.

So the Dons have lost their current top scorer and a man who was brought in not only to perform but the teach so it will be interesting to see if he has left a little legacy at Aberdeen by passing on his hard earned skills and impeccable professionalism to any of the players.

Calderwood has so far not mentioned any names of players he`s considering bringing in but there are apparently moves behind the scenes. The rumours seem to be that before the transfer window closes on Friday, a couple of new players will be brought in and Dan Smith is apparently leaving.

A coy Jimmy said, ‘I’m fairly hopeful we will be able to get a couple of deals done by Friday.

‘Craig’s gone, so that leaves room on the budget for at least one new arrival.

‘Other things could also happen between now and Friday.

‘I will be speaking to a few people today and will make announcements when we are ready.’

What is clear is the fact that he is looking for much more from Lee Miller who has fallen well short of the standards set by Craig Brewster and because of this, don`t bet against an experienced target man being brought in to replace the new Caley manager and a defender has also been rumoured.

Whatever happens it`s obvious from our poll results that Brewster was seen as an important part of the team by the boss but also the fans as many voted that they wished for him to stay although many weren`t bothered if a new player could be brought in to replace him.

The full poll results are published below and the new one asks “What position must Calderwood strengthen before the window shuts?”

Thanks as always for taking part and casting your thoughts.

Should Brewster Go To Inverness Caley?



No, He’s Too Valuable To Us 31%



Yes, He’s Finished 11%



Only If Someone Was Brought In 45%



Offer Him Coaching Role At Dons 9%



Let Lee Miller Go Instead 2%



Give Him Calderwood’s Job 2%