FORMER Dons midfielder Steve Tosh today said Steve Paterson’s failure to adapt to life at Aberdeen was the biggest challenge during his tenure.
Paterson this week announced he was to step down to the junior ranks to take charge of Dufftown, 11 years after leaving Pittodrie.
Tosh was Pele’s first signing for the Dons in what turned out to be an ill-fated 18-month spell, which saw the former Inverness manager’s private life make the headlines.
But midfielder Tosh, who spent two years at Pittodrie, insisted it was the step-up to such a big club that was to blame for him not repeating the successful times he had in the Highlands.
“Things never went the way that Pele and Duncan Shearer would have liked it to go,” said Tosh, who now works in the oil industry.
“They probably didn’t fully understand the challenges of managing Aberdeen compared to managing Inverness Caley.
“There were far more politics than they would have been used to.
“They took Inverness through from the Third Division where they could mould their style and they came to a club at Aberdeen which was a totally different level.
“The problem he had at Aberdeen was he was trying to adapt the process he had at Inverness, where he was very close to the players.
“Unfortunately I don’t think you can do that at Aberdeen as it is a totally different beast.
“It is a real football club, there is history and ways and means of doing things.
“Unfortunately Steve couldn’t adapt to Aberdeen and I don’t think Aberdeen would ever have adapted to Steve.
“But I can’t say anything negative about Steve, he is a cracking guy and a very good coach and he allowed me to come and join such a fantastic football club.”