Burkinshaw, who won the FA Cup twice and the Uefa Cup with Spurs, will work on all football matters, including the playing pool, the Pittodrie youth structure and scouting network.
Harry Redknapp, the West Ham manager, yesterday admitted his interest in Southampton's Eyal Berkovitch, but denied that a deal is imminent.
Tottenham were favourites to win the race for the Israeli international's signature but are thought to have pulled out. Berkovitch appears determined to leave The Dell after the departures of Graeme Souness and Lawrie McMenemy.
Southampton fans have passed a unanimous verdict of no confidence in the chairman, Rupert Lowe, in the wake of the resignations. Members of the club's Independent Supporters' Association called the meeting, which was attended by more than 800. Fans are to continue their protest by dumping a sack load of expired season tickets outside The Dell.