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Dwight Yorke in next Aberdeen manager bid as Man Utd legend hangs on Sir Alex Ferguson’s blessing

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Dwight Yorke has emerged a surprise runner in the race for the Aberdeen job. And the Manchester United legend is hoping a managerial mentorship from Sir Alex Ferguson might fast-track him into serious contention for the Pittodrie hotseat. Record Sport can reveal Yorke’s representatives have been in contact with Dons chairman Dave Cormack in the last 48 hours, following the decision to sack Jim Goodwin immediately after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing at Hibs.

Yorke and assistant boss Russell Latapy are looking to engineer a quick return to European football after a shock exit from Australian A League outfit Macarthur FC just last week - despite leading the minnows to the Aussie FA Cup and qualifying for the Asian Champions League in their first seven months in the job.

Yorke’s impressive achievements were recognised by Sir Alex who even travelled to Sydney to congratulate the 51-year-old in person after seeing his apprentice lift a first trophy in management.And the former Old Trafford striker is now hoping that Ferguson’s huge influence in the North East - and close personal relationship with Cormack - can help open the door to a first crack at a role in the UK.Cormack has placed Barry Robson in interim charge of the first team as the club reels from the embarrassment of that Easter Road routing, which came hot on the heels of a historic Scottish Cup humiliation in Darvel.

And the US based businessman is determined not to be rushed into making a snap appointment as he ploughs through a huge list of potential candidates.Yorke’s CV landed on Cormack’s desk on Monday and it’s understood the man in charge will take time to weigh up all available options before compiling a final shortlist of contenders.

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