Brown to step down as Aberdeen boss

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has revealed he will resign at the end of the season. Former Scotland boss Brown will remain involved with the Scottish Premier League club as a non-executive director.

"Having reflected long and hard on the situation, I felt the time was right for me to step down as manager," Brown said. The 72-year-old took charge of Aberdeen in December 2010 after leaving Motherwell but has struggled to achieve success at Pittodrie.

Brown, whose assistant Archie Knox will leave the club at the end of the season, added: "I feel it is important this is out in the public domain as I do not want anything to distract from the playing side over the next few weeks. "Archie and I are determined to do whatever we can to help the team finish 2012/13 on a high and we strongly believe we will be leaving a solid base for the next management team to build on."

Although he led Aberdeen to two Cup semi-finals, Brown could not secure a top-six place in the Scottish Premier League last season after taking the club from relegation trouble in his first campaign. The Dons are two points behind sixth-placed Hibernian but face Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday and look destined to finish in the bottom six for a fourth consecutive season.