Brown defends transfer dealings

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has stressed he has cut his budget

this season after being “disturbed” by comments from rival

Clydesdale Bank Premier League managers that he has been lucky to

bring in several players.

Brown pulled off some good business earlier in the summer by

signing Irish wingers Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn, and he has

added former Scotland left-back Gary Naysmith and on-loan Sheffield

Wednesday defender Mark Reynolds in recent weeks.

But the Dons boss was eager to point out that the club received

an undisclosed fee from Wigan for Fraser Fyvie while releasing

seven first-team players.

Rory McArdle, Darren Mackie, Youl Mawene, Yoann Folly, Mohamed

Chalali, Danny Uchechi and Kari Arnason all departed Pittodrie.

Brown, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Scottish Communities League

Cup second-round clash with Morton at Cappielow, said: “There have

been things said that ‘Aberdeen are lucky, they have been able to

bring in two good players in McGinn and Hayes’.

“Aberdeen let go seven players at the end of last season and

sold Fyvie.

“I have heard other managers say ‘Aberdeen are lucky’. You could

argue we were unlucky.

“We let seven go and at least five of them were good earners.

Rory McArdle, Kari Arnason, Youl Mawene and Darren Mackie, guys

like that left.

“The other players, Chalali and Uchechi, weren’t terribly

expensive but they were players we were paying.

“We have reduced spending like every other club.

“You hear ‘Aberdeen are splashing out’ and we have been as

prudent as any team in the financial situation.”

Brown revealed some fringe players could go out on loan before

the end of August if clubs meet their wage demands.

He added: “If players go out on loan, we’re not going to get the

money because we have hit our playing budget for the season.

“When Mark Reynolds came back the directors were really generous

to me, allowing me to sign Naysmith and Reynolds. They could easily

have said one or the other.

“I give great credit to the chairman and chief executive for

that.

“So I sit here without a complaint but I’m sometimes a little

disturbed at what I hear other managers saying.

“How can you be lucky if you bring in four and let eight go and

bring in a transfer fee? Where else has that happened?

“I don’t talk about other clubs’ business but I see others talk

about us and maybe that’s a compliment to us.”

Aberdeen were impressive in their 2-1 SPL win at St Johnstone on

Saturday but Brown has warned that counts for nothing against

Irn-Bru First Division Morton.

The Dons were knocked out of last season’s competition by East

Fife and needed a last-minute replay winner to beat Queen of the

South in the William Hill Scottish Cup.

“We have got to be aware of the difficulties we had at Queen of

the South last season away from home,” Brown said.

“So there will be no complacency. We have to be properly

focused.”