The appointment of Jimmy Thelin should help galvanise everyone at Aberdeen. 

Thelin, 46, will end a six-and-a-half year spell at Swedish side, IF Elfsborg, and join the Dons once the Allsvenskan season pauses in June.

His announcement has been greeted by a positive reaction from Aberdeen supporters, who have had to wait since the end of January to know who their long-term manager will be. 

And speaking for the first time since Thelin's move to Scotland was made official, caretaker boss Peter Leven stated it was important for the supporters and the playing staff to get some clarity on the situation. 

“We told the boys before training on Tuesday before it came out that Jimmy had signed and was bringing Emir and Christer with him," he said.

“It’s good to get that clarity. You could see a bit of relief in the clarity for them. It’s really good news.

"I think the fans needed to know, and obviously the players in contract, the players out of contract, who's going to be the new manager.

"So I think clarity is the right word, and hopefully we are can just focus on the rest of the season."

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Aberdeen's number one, ​Kelle Roos, is among those out of contract this summer. The list includes the likes of Scotland U21 star, Connor Barron, and veteran, Jonny Hayes.

While strike duo Bojan Miovski and Luis 'Duk' Lopes are expected to attract transfer interest. 

And Leven thinks it's crucial these players know there's an incoming manager on his way, and already casting their eye on them.

"They know who's watching them now," he added. 

"For either contracts or staying at the club, whatever. They know who's watching them and they've got a manager coming in. 

"So, hopefully that will lift everybody."

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Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final provides Aberdeen with a welcomed distraction from league duties, and the one-off opportunity of reaching another national final. 

Previewing the clash with Scottish Premiership leaders, Celtic, Leven said: "That's why we play football, we coach football, you want to get to these finals, to compete at the best stage, and I said that to them there. 

"It's a great opportunity and one that we are going to hopefully take."

Asked if he had a message for the travelling Red Army, Leven continued: "They've been brilliant since I've been here, following us all over Europe, the League Cup Final. So, just get right behind us, get behind the boys, and make loads of noise."