Ebbe Made Dow Do It; Unlike Smith, Andy Specifies Skovdahl as a Reason to Stay

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Byline: RODDY THOMSON

CULT Aberdeen hero Andy Dow last night signed a new, two-and-a-half year deal with the club, citing Ebbe Skovdahl's chances of landing the League Cup as the reason he wants to stay.

Dow's reasoning also represents a further slap in the face for Gary Smith, the underachieving, transfer-listed defender who had attacked Skovdahl's credentials, after the club ignored his outburst.

Four goals since moving into midfield under the Dane have cemented midfielder Dow's reputation among Aberdeen fans, and seen him emerge as the most spectacular beneficiary of new management.

Brought to Pittodrie from Hibs by Alex Miller, the former Dundee and Chelsea player is now tied to Aberdeen until the summer of 2002, a period he expects to see marked by a return to winning ways.

Despite only two league wins against Hearts and Dundee United, the Dons will restart the season following winter training in Spain just one point behind Kilmarnock at the bottom of the SPL.

And just one game against Dundee United away from a first Cup final in five

United away from a first Cup years after defeating Rangers in the CIS Cup, Dow is convinced the former Brondby coach has what it takes. He said: 'I'm at the stage of my career where I want to be winning things and I believe the way Ebbe

Skovdahl is transforming the club means it will happen.

'The first half of the season was not great but it takes time for a new manager to put his plans into operation and we are beginning to see them work. New players are making an impact and this is an exciting time to be here.

'We are just one game away from a final now, and if you get through to that you never know what could happen but it would certainly give everyone a lift.

'I always said I wanted to stay and it's good to know that the club were willing to do what was needed to keep me here. I am playing the best football of my career and the fans are right behind me. I couldn't have had a better start to the New Year. …