Brown and Knox can make Dons a force again
Craig Brown once told me the story of his first teaching job in a tough Dundee primary school.
Answering a loud chapping on the classroom door, he opened it to be immediately punched in the face by an irate father.
Broon, though, was no shrinking violet and the hasty father had cause to regret his right hook, which was I believe returned with interest.
That tale should not be lost on the Pittodrie dressing room.
Brown is no mug and will not be taken for one by anybody.
Brown (right) and Knox are swapping Fir Park for Pittodrie (picture from SNS)
His gentlemanly image will have taken a battering with the way he has left Motherwell, but he is in the business of professional football management and unfortunately for supporters that is how the game works.
Motherwell are seething at their management team's decision to go, and that is understandable, but football operates in a parallel universe and normal rules of business do not apply.
So the issue to be addressed is, can Brown and Knox turn Pittodrie from a sad, dour, unsuccessful place into a vibrant, happy and successful one?
Along with Archie Knox, Brown has a depth of experience in handling players and situations which might outwit many, but will not trouble him.
On the face of it they seem to have proved that there is less to football management than meets the eye with apparently effortless success at Fir Park.
By common consent they have done a fine job there, but it is down to experience acquired over extensive football careers at high level, a keen appreciation of how to motivate and enthuse players and a sound understanding of the tactics required to fit the players at their disposal.
Motherwell are outgunning both Hibs and Aberdeen, and are just three points behind Hearts - all clubs who have far greater resources available to them.
Brown and Knox are responsible for that and Motherwell fans may feel less bitter once a new management team is in place and continuing the good work at Fir Park, with a side who are capable of a top-four finish on current form.
Now the pair need to use their talents to quickly restore the Dons as a serious fighting force.
The notion that Aberdeen are too good to be relegated is absurd. The form they have shown under Mark McGhee made them serious candidates for the drop.
Brown and Knox, I believe, will correct that quickly.
They will surely have been promised funds to add to the squad to ensure that the calamity of relegation does not engulf the club.
And with a contacts book unlikely to be bettered by any management team in Scotland, they will be able to strengthen in the January window to pull the club away from the bottom end of the table.
They will also quickly instill a sense of understanding in the squad about what it should mean to play for one of Scotland's great clubs.
Once that work ethic is driven home, and once a bit of extra quality is brought in to help the influential and experienced Paul Hartley, a quick move away from the basement will occur.
Aberdeen have good emerging young players like Peter Pawlett, Ryan Jack, Mitch Megginson and of course Fraser Fyvie, who is currently out with cruciate ligament damage.
Brown and Knox will be capable of developing them while pruning from the squad those who at present are not good enough for Aberdeen's ambitions.
The Dons' move for this management pairing took many by surprise.
I suspect it will not be an appointment lasting into infinity and beyond, but it will certainly bring a buzz to Pittodrie and is light years ahead of some of the choices they could have made.
You can never tell in football, but I think that at this time the Brown-Knox duo is one which can make the Dons a force again in Scottish football.