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Former Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl dies after illness

The Dane managed the Dons for a three-year spell between 1999 and 2002.

Former Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl dies after illness SNS Group

Former Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl has died aged 75 after a period of illness.

The Dane managed the Dons for a three-year spell between 1999 and 2002.

He led the Pittodrie side to the Scottish Cup and League Cup finals in 2000.

His most successful season was the 2001/02 campaign, when Aberdeen finished fourth in what was then the Scottish Premier League.

Ebbe Skovdahl leads Aberdeen out for a Scottish Cup final against Rangers in 2000.SNS Group

A statement from Aberdeen said: “Everyone at Pittodrie is saddened to hear of the passing of our former manager Ebbe Skovdahl at the age of 75.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Skovdahl’s biggest achievements as a manager came in his homeland with Brondby, where he won four championships, three cups and enjoyed European triumphs, including beating Liverpool in the UEFA Cup in the 1995/96 season.

Former Aberdeen goalkeeper David Preece, who played under Skovdahl, said: “I’m really saddened by this.

“So many ups and downs under Ebbe but will always be grateful to him for taking me to Aberdeen and glad I had the chance to tell him.”

Eoin Jess, who was a midfielder for the Dons, said: “Very sad news. He was one of the great characters that I have been involved with in football.”

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