Derek McInnes has paid tribute to Gothenburg Great Neale Cooper describing him as “one of life’s good guys”.
Former Dons midfielder Neale passed away in hospital on Monday at the age of 54 surrounded by family.
McInnes said: “I’m devastated by the loss of Neale. It’s so desperately unfair on Neale and his family to be taken at such a young age.
“Although I had encountered Neale previously, I got to know him better in recent years and he had this unique ability of making me and other people feel instantly better.
“He lit up a room and was such a likeable guy. He was one of life’s good guys and we will ultimately be a poorer club without him around.
“Neale would often stick his head in to my office on a matchday, always quick with a joke. He often used to say he had his boots with him and was ready to play.
“He was always very supportive of myself and my players and it’s clear he defended AFC fiercely at every turn and on a personal basis I will be eternally grateful to him for that.
“His greatness on the pitch will forever be cherished but his greatness will be always be felt by everyone associated with AFC.
“We’ll all miss him terribly.”
Pittodrie legend Neale was found collapsed at a block of flats in the Ferguson Court area of Bucksburn at around 1.45am on Sunday.
He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in a critical condition where he sadly later died.