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Gordon Strachan early favourite to replace Mark McGhee

Gordon Strachan and Mark McGhee
Image caption Gordon Strachan is an early favourite to replace Mark McGhee

Gordon Strachan has been installed as the early favourite with bookmakers to replace sacked Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee.

The club said on Wednesday night that McGhee, who took charge in June 2009, and his assistants had left.

Bookmaker William Hill said Strachan was their favourite at odds of 7-2, followed by Billy Stark at 4-1, with former boss Jimmy Calderwood at 12-1.

Former Aberdeen midfielder Strachan is unemployed after leaving Middlesbrough.

However, former Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim Leighton said he could not envisage Strachan taking over.

McGhee survived a record 9-0 defeat by Celtic on 6 November, after which the club's board backed him to continue.

But their 2-0 loss to Kilmarnock on Saturday was their sixth in succession.

And the Dons' announcement came a couple of hours after the SPL decided that all the weekend's fixtures, including Celtic's visit to Pittodrie, were being postponed because of the severe weather.

Aberdeen's next fixture is away to Hearts on 11 December.

Chairman Stewart Milne thanked McGhee and his assistants for their time at Aberdeen.

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