Dons Get New Youth Leader

Former Dons coach Len Taylor is returning to Pittodrie to head up the club's youth development and community operations. The 60-year-old retires as Head Teacher of St Machar Academy this month, and his previous involvement with AFC spans almost forty years. The news will divide Dons fans, some of whom were keen to see George Adams back at the club in a similar role.

Dons legend and Director of Football Willie Miller told RedWeb: "While it is widely recognised that both our youth development and community departments are arguably the benchmarks for other SPL clubs, there is scope, I believe, for greater integration between the two, as they are both heavily committed to developing for the future, whether it be players or supporters.

"Personally speaking, I do not believe there is anyone more qualified to take on this role that Lenny, as education is obviously key to so much that we undertake in these areas.

"He will work closely with Chic McLelland and Neil Simpson, both of whom he knows well; and their respective teams and I see his return as an exciting development for this Club."

Taylor, who will take up the position of Head of Youth and Community on 5th January, said: "I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting started and although my official connections with the Dons ended in 1995, when I was appointed Head teacher at St. Machar, I have maintained close links with AFC throughout my time in education, in terms of visits, careers advice and coaching courses."

Len, once a youth player at Pittodrie, was a part-time coach at Aberdeen and National Staff Coach with the SFA between 1978 and 1994.