Jimmy Thelin celebrates Elfsborg tenure with 'simple meal' ahead of Aberdeen managerial debut

Jimmy Thelin will start his Dons tenure on Monday
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Jimmy Thelin, the outgoing Elfsborg manager, has revealed plans for a "simple meal" with his team and staff to mark the end of his tenure before he takes over at Aberdeen.

The Swedish coach is set to officially begin his role as Dons boss on Monday, filling the permanent position left vacant by Barry Robson.

Neil Warnock's brief spell as interim manager was far from successful, leading him to resign after just a month in the north-east, reports the Daily Record.

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Peter Leven stepped in to bring some stability towards the end of the Premiership season, and he will remain as assistant first team coach.

Thelin concluded his stint in Sweden with a 1-0 loss to IFK Goteborg. Speaking to the Swedish press for the final time, he confirmed there would be a modest celebration to commemorate his departure, but nothing too extravagant.

Thelin said: "It will be a simpler dinner with some talk and such, with certain people. It will probably be a while before we see each other again otherwise."

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When questioned about whether it would be a late night, Thelin responded: "I do not know. I'm pretty tired now, I have to admit. We'll see."

Reflecting on his last match, Thelin added: "Of course we wanted a day like this so that everyone who attends Elfsborg would have a fantastic evening and end to this.

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"But somewhere I think there is a force here that will be very good in the end, says Thelin at the press conference after the match. There is a lot of prestige in this match. We gave it our all and couldn't have done much more.

"It's a different feeling when you don't win your last match with the gang, but afterwards we all gathered in a ring when we split up and look towards the future instead."