Jim Goodwin insists Scott Brown will retain his assistant coaching title, but his main role at Aberdeen will be on the pitch for the rest of the season.
It comes after he missed St Mirren’s job to succeed Goodwin before turning to Stephen Robinson.
Brown had been an assistant to former Dons manager Stephen Glass alongside Allan Russell.
Goodwin admits his skipper will retain his title but won’t have the same input on the training ground.
The new Aberdeen boss said: “He retained his title so there’s no big drama and that’s been done to me in the past when I was a player/assistant at St Mirren.
“They did a big song and dance to take the title away from me and I couldn’t understand why it happened at the time.
“So there’s no chance of stripping Scott of his title, but I told him I’m very active as a manager.
“That means he might be a bit frustrated with the lack of opportunities on the training ground because it’s a key moment for me and the rest of the team.
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“I have to convey my ideas to the players and make them understand what I’m asking them to do.
“I don’t have time to ask my assistant Lee Sharp, Scott Brown or Barry Robson who is also a coach here to come and take pieces.
“That’s how I’ve always worked and while I will always lean on them for an opinion on how things can be improved, there won’t be a lot of coaching.
“I’m a bit of a control freak and I like things to be done my way.”
Brown is still recovering from a hamstring issue, but isn’t far from top form. Goodwin believes the experience of being interviewed for the St Mirren job will stand his skipper in good stead for the future.
The Dons boss, who will take his side to a sold-out weekend with Dundee United, added: “I spoke to him about it. Aberdeen was approached by St Mirren to speak to Scott and I had a chat with him about it.
“I asked him if that was something he would be interested in and he said that at this point in his career that would be the next step.
“We did the right thing as a club because we were fair to Scott and we wouldn’t deny anyone the chance to do what he wants to do.” That didn’t happen but I think St Mirren had a terrific appointment as I have plenty of time for Stephen Robinson as we had a lot of good battles on the touchline.
“But as far as Scott is concerned, he’s got his head down, he’s not too disappointed so I didn’t have to lift him off the ground.
“When the next one arrives he will be better prepared but he is an Aberdeen player and captain who will play a very influential role in the rest of this season.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, fresh from tomorrow’s statue unveiling, will be the guest of honor tomorrow and Goodwin wants his Aberdeen side to mark him with a performance on the pitch. He would love to open the door to keep in touch with the legendary Dons manager.
He added: “Last year he came to an event for his charitable foundation when funds were donated to a new development in Harmony Row.
“I was present with Tony Fitzpatrick when this establishment reopened. There were a number of his friends there, not just from football, but also people he grew up with. People with whom he obviously stayed in touch over the years.
“I just sat quietly in the corner and listened, to be honest. Just being in his company was a good thing. “I’m sure he will be extremely busy this weekend, but hopefully on Friday or Saturday I can have a few minutes with him.
“If I had the opportunity to build a relationship with him that would be awesome, I would love to do that.