Date: 22nd April 2015 at 8:31pm
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Today marked Derek McInnes two year anniversary at Pittodrie, and he’s loved every minute of it so far, especially as the club continue to make strides forward under his management.

Having taken charge for his first game on April 22, 2013 in the scoreless draw with Hibernian at Easter Road, McInnes knows that Aberdeen have come a long way since that less than memorable match and speaking to the Official Site he said the time had flown by in reality.

‘The two years have flown in. It has been great, I have really enjoyed it. I have enjoyed watching the team and enjoyed what the players give me every time they play a game and every day in training.’

He went on to say that over those 24 months there have been a lot of changes at the club, and when he first arrived it was a case of trying to assess what he had in the camp as quickly as he could, find out where we were, and then try and build on that.

‘There were a lot of players out of contract. Although there are still some players playing who were here before I arrived there has been a lot of changes in personnel. We tried to get more pace and energy and also get a better all-round squad in terms of versatility. I think we have managed to do that.’

He goes on to say that he wanted Pittodrie to become a fortress and a place that the opposition sides didn’t fancy visiting but equally a place where our fans loved to come and not through loyalty but because they were enjoying the football, being entertained and hopefully seeing us win more often than we didn’t.

‘We have all got that anticipation on a Saturday. I have that anticipation of looking forward to watching my team and it is important the supporters have that.’

Two years on though the job isn’t done in his mind, as there’s still plenty of improvements we can make on and off the pitch.

‘It is for us to utilise Aberdeen and for the club to be the size of club it can be. We have got to make sure we have a team who can match up to that. We have that reputation as a club but it is important you have a team to go with it. And I think we have that now. We have a team with real energy and pace but we also have an edge to us as well. Nobody is going to get an easy game against us.’

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