Paul Sheerin quits Arbroath for Aberdeen “with a heavy heart”

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Arbroath gaffer Paul Sheerin sensationally quit the Lichties today.

The former Inverness, St Johnstone and Ayr United man is off to another former club, Aberdeen, as Under-20 coach.

Sheerin (39) was a popular figure at Gayfield, having secured the title in his first season as boss.

But after three seasons in the third tier of Scottish football, the Maroons were relegated last season.

Sheerin, who also played for Southampton and Alloa during his career, was at Pittodrie for two years.

Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser said on the Dons’ website: “Following a comprehensive process, Derek McInnes identified Paul as the person he wanted for this vital role.

“Despite wishing to retain Paul’s services, Arbroath chairman John Christison was good to deal with and completely appreciated Paul’s desire to come back to Aberdeen.”

Speaking to the Herald, Paul said: “It’s a good opportunity. Too good if I’m totally honest.

“Knowing Del [Derek McInnes] and Doc [Tony Docherty] and the way they go about things as well made the decision easier.

“However, it’s with a heavy heart that I leave Arbroath. After the misdemeanour of going down last season, they could have dispensed with me, but the board stuck by me.

“And I will never forget the fans either. They stuck by me too and the way they were after the Airdrie game at the end of last season will live with me forever.

“It’s a real regret that I am leaving without righting the wrong last season of relegation.”

He confirmed it was a role with the under-20s, but another attraction was responsibility with the first team too. “I will be working with the under-20s day in day out which will be great, but also to be involved with the first team on a Saturday was a real attraction too.”