Former Scotland boss Brown to retire from management

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown will be stepping down from his current post as Aberdeen boss and will retire from management at the end of the season, understands BBC Sport.

Brown has been in charge of the Pittodrie side since December 2010, but will move upstairs into a non-executive director role on the board. Current assistant Archie Knox will leave the club.

Brown told the club’s website on Thursday: “Having reflected long and hard on the situation, I felt the time was right for me to step down as manager.

I feel it’s important this is out in the public domain as I don’t 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.

The Dons currently sit ninth in the SPL table, and face Celtic at the weekend, having won just one game since the turn of the year.

The former Dundee and Falkirk player has had modest success in club management with both Preston North End and Motherwell, but his stint with Scotland was successful in the 1990s.

Brown succeeded Andy Roxburgh as boss of the Tartan Army in December 1993, and guided the Scots to the finals of Euro 96 and World Cup 1998 in France, Scotland’s last major tournament.

He quit in 2001, finishing with an impressive win ratio of 45 per cent from 70 international matches in charge.

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