Date: 21st November 2007 at 1:56pm
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A testing time for the Dons board as the manager challenges them to prove that he and they are dedicated to taking the team forward. Jimmy has delivered an ultimatum by saying that he shall leave if he’s not convinced that the High Heid Yins are on the same page as him and by that he means injecting cash for playing staff.

With the sale of Russell Anderson and a 3rd place league finish last season, Aberdeen FC made a slight profit but it did little to eat into the £13 million debt which obviously restricts transfers in.

But Jimmy’s job is to gain success on the field and in that regard Calderwood has a strong hand to play. He’s taken the team from relegation strugglers to a team that has consistently improved season upon season with last season’s UEFA Cup qualification his crowning success so far. His team are in the CIS Cup semi-final and still in with a shout at progressing through their difficult UEFA Cup group.

Calderwood feels his boys are capable of mounting a domestic league challenge but at the very least feels lasts season’s achievements should be emulated. With the loss of Russell Anderson, soft goals have been gifted this season which has seen the team slip out of even the SPL top six more often than not with consistency being fairly non-existent.

Despite luring internationally capped players like Scott Severin, Barry Nicholson, Jamie Smith and lee Miller to the club, Jimmy believes the board must plough money in before the next plateau can be reached.

He told the BBC Scotland website, ‘I’ll have a meeting with Willie on Thursday to discuss the way ahead but no-one knows what’s going to happen,’.
‘If everything’s all right then you stay, but I need to ask if they can fulfil our ambitions.’
‘The directors have to show me what their ideas are for the way the entire club is going, then we take it from there,’ said Calderwood.
‘The current team is doing well but we have done a lot of scouting at younger age levels and these players might still cost money to bring to the club but you can’t keep building with nothing’.
Jimmy has already been linked with moves down to the English Promise-land where contracts and funds are plentiful and after years of scraping teams together in Scotland, he must be tempted by being let loose with millions.
He deserves his chance and so now the board must decide whether Aberdeen FC can again be a force under his leadership or take the gamble and hope a new man can continue the perennial progress achieved by the stout Glaswegian.
The decision, sadly as always, will be financial.