BOSS Derek McInnes today warned the best has yet to come from the Dons as he marks a landmark 100th league game at the helm.
The 44-year-old was today set to complete a century of Premiership games when he leads out the Reds away to Kilmarnock.
Regardless of the outcome of today’s fixture at Rugby Park McInnes will boast a better winning record in his first league ton than legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
Gothenburg great Sir Alex won 47 of his first 100 league games at Pittodrie and delivered the top flight title, the first for 25 years.
McInnes was today seeking his 57th league victory.
McInnes, who also secured League Cup glory last year, took over the Dons in the bottom six and led them to a first runners-up finish last season, the first since 1994.
This season the Dons set a club record league start of eight straight wins and trail league leaders Celtic by four points.
McInnes, who signed a contract extension this summer until 2019, said: “I feel we have only just started here.
“The challenge is to keep improving and the players, like me, want to achieve more.
“We all feel we can cover more both on and off the pitch.
“We believe we can improve things further here and there is still a long way to go before we get to where we want to be.
“We can be fairly pleased with what has been done over the last two-and-a-half years and everyone deserves credit for that.
“However, we want to improve on that again and hopefully after 200 games we will have a similar win record or even better.
“Tony (Docherty, assistant manager) and I committed for four years because we feel we’ve only just started the job.
“We signed a new deal to try to get that stability and also send out a message we are here, we are happy and want to try to drive on and achieve more.”
McInnes may have a stronger win record than Sir Alex but the Manchester United legend delivered a league title in his opening 100 games at Pittodrie.
That was achieved in a league with a strong Rangers, who have been absent from the top flight during McInnes’ run.
Last season Hearts and Hibs were also out of the top flight.
However, the significance of McInnes’ league record cannot be underplayed.
He has transformed a bottom six team into Scotland’s second force with aspirations of a title tilt, although no one within Pittodrie is willing to publicly admit that.
McInnes believes the success of the club off the park will also help fuel his bid to deliver silverware.
In the last year the Dons wiped out crippling debts of £14.49m to operate in the black for the first time since the mid-1990s and also announced a record operating turnover of £13.077m.
He said: “We have a strong board that recognise the work everybody has done in the football department. They recognise how committed everybody is.
“Every manager looks for a board that will support him in good times and bad times.
“Being debt free is massive for the future and we are going the right way off the pitch.
“Getting things right off the pitch will help us on the pitch.
“Likewise, getting things right on the pitch will help us off it.”