Sunderland approach Aberdeen for Derek McInnes

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 June 2017, 14:23

Sunderland have taken a significant step in their lengthy pursuit of a replacement for David Moyes after approaching Scottish side Aberdeen for the services of their boss Derek McIness - and an appointment could be made official by the end of the week.

The Black Cats have been hotly linked with McInnes ever since Moyes threw in the towel back in May. The former Bristol City boss was originally a 22/1 shot to move just south of the border, but just a few days later he found himself as the odds-on favourite, and has remained in the top echelons of the betting ever since.

Kevin Phillips, Nigel Pearson, Paul Lambert, Stuart McCall and Simon Grayson have all featured predominantly in the market at some point or another, but Sunderland’s approach for McInnes has seen bookmakers shred his odds to just 1/6 (Sky Bet).

McInnes has just returned from a three-week holiday in America following an impressive season which saw Aberdeen finish runners-up to Celtic in the league and both domestic cups.

McInnes has been a big hit at Aberdeen since his arrival in 2013, but his prior 15-month spell at Bristol City didn’t quite go to plan with the Scot winning only 17 of his 63 matches, which ended in a heavy 4-0 defeat to Leicester which left the Robins rock-bottom of the Championship.

But, if all goes to plan, McInnes will be back in England’s second-tier attempting to lead Sunderland to an instant return to the Premier League, with a significantly boosted salary of just under £1m-a-year, up from £300,000 (The Sun).

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