Talk of Derek McInnes going to Rangers has been killed off by Pedro Caixinha’s arrival at Ibrox.
But the battle to keep the Aberdeen manager at Pittodrie in the long term is on-going.
The contract McInnes has with the Dons is due to expire in the summer of 2019.
That’s at least a year short of when the club hope to be playing out of a new stadium at Kingsford.
The board will be making the effort to ensure McInnes is still at the helm then – and hopefully beyond.
Dons chairman Stewart Milne said: “We would definitely hope Derek is still here at that time.”
Milne confessed it was no surprise to see McInnes being linked so strongly with the job at Ibrox.
Nothing came of that, but the Dons directors are realists and accept there is likely to come a day when their manager will get an offer too good to refuse.
“Managers who are doing well being linked with other clubs is just part and parcel of the game,” said Milne.
“It always draws attention from elsewhere. We have just got to make sure we keep working with Derek to ensure he’s convinced he will still be able to achieve what he wants to with Aberdeen.
“You always know there could come a day when Derek feels he has to look at a fresh challenge.
“There would be nobody happier than me to see Derek going into a top job in the Premiership in England.
“But only after he has done what he says he hopes to do for Aberdeen.”
McInnes is now the second-longest serving manager in Scotland’s top flight – Alan Archibald took over at Partick Thistle four months before McInnes succeeded Craig Brown at Pittodrie in 2013.
Milne is pleased by the steady progress the Dons have made under the stewardship of the 45-year-old.
“The evidence of what Derek has achieved is there for all to see,” said Milne.
“You have to look a long way back for us finishing in the top three in the league four years in a row.
“We have also become regulars in Europe, too.
“The challenge for Derek next season will be to see if we can go from qualifying for the Europa League to actually getting through to the group stages.
“Derek has been quick to tell us that is what he wants to achieve, along with maybe winning more trophies.
“That’s the great thing about him for us. He is a manager who is always looking for more and demanding more out of everyone.
“Derek is very much a driven individual.
“He’s never content with what he has already achieved, he sees it as simply a stepping stone up to the next level.
“He has brought more and more of that sort of thinking into the club.
“Derek has also surrounded himself with a lot of good people with that same attitude.”
I have written before that McInnes has a lot of the attributes that helped Alex Ferguson enjoy so much success when he was Aberdeen boss in the 1980s.
Milne agreed the two men could have come from the same mould.
He said: “They have a lot of similarities.
“They are both highly driven individuals with a hunger to succeed.
“Both also recognise that just doesn’t happen.
“They know it takes hard work and making sure everyone around them works hard as well.
“You need that if you are to have a fighting chance, at a club like ours.
“Fergie changed the whole culture at the club to ensure he got what he wanted.
“Derek has done the same since he came to the club.
“His attitude and approach inspire confidence and make people want to do well for him.”
That includes the Dons directors. Milne isn’t ashamed to admit McInnes has pushed them hard to get to the point where they are now close to delivering a long promised training ground alongside the stadium planned out at Kingsford.
He said: “It’s great, though – that’s the sort of person you want to see at the club.”
Milne caused great amusement when he swore during a live interview after the 2014 League Cup final when asked how he felt about the club ending a 19-year wait for trophy success.
He’s delighted the Dons are now just two games away from maybe ending a 27-year wait to win the Scottish Cup again.
The Reds are due to face Hibs in the semis next month, with the winners taking on Rangers or Celtic in the final at Hampden on May 27.
Milne grinned when asked if he would be more guarded with his comments if they manage to lift that trophy for the first time since 1990.
He said: “It’s a bit premature to be talking along those lines.
“We still have a very tough semi-final ahead.
“As Derek has said, it’s important nobody at the club looks any further forward than that.
“Hibs are the holders and that demands they must be given total respect.
“I have been at the club long enough now to know you can never take anything for granted. Everyone feels confident that if we play to our capabilities on the day we have a very good chance of getting to the final.
“It’s just great that Derek and the players have given us the opportunity to do that.
“I’m a fan as well as the chairman.
“All I have ever wanted is to see the Dons winning trophies and finally playing out of a stadium that is worthy of a successful team.”