Sheffield United continued preparing the ground for their new manager’s appointment when Barry Robson, the former Scotland international, completed his transfer to Aberdeen following the South Yorkshire club’s decision not to offer him a fresh contract.
Robson, who was born in nearby Inverurie, has agreed to sign a one year deal with Derek McInnes’ side following a brief spell at Bramall Lane.
United’s chief executive Julian Winter recently admitted that the need to become a “sustainable business” meant free agents such as the 34-year-old would not be retained when their terms of employment officially expire.
Those vying to become Danny Wilson’s successor, including Robert Page and Chris Morgan, have been told their recruitment policies must focus on names from the lower leagues rather than Championship or top-flight level.
Robson, who made 19 appearances for United after arriving at Bramall Lane in January, said: “This (play for Aberdeen) is something I’ve always wanted to do and my family has always wanted me to do. I’m very privileged to have joined now and glad to get the opportunity.”