Derek McInnes Set For Bristol Cityby Mick Bates / 19 October 2011, 15:31Tweet
Derek McInnes is reportedly set to swap Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone for Championship outfit Bristol City after impressing during an interview. The 40-year-old is the odds on favourite in the Next Bristol City Manager Betting and looks to have beaten the likes of former Barnsley boss Mark Robins to the vacancy. McInnes is expected to be appointed on Thursday when he will sign a three-and-a-half year contract with the club. Meanwhile, coach Alan Walsh is to leave City after more than 30 years.
City have been looking for a new manager since sacking Keith Millen earlier in October following a poor start to the season. Dave Jones emerged as the early favourite for the job, with Mark Robins, Sean O'Driscoll and McInnes also in the running. However, during the past few days there has been heavy murmurings linking McInnes with the post and it now appears that he has won the race to manage City. McInnes took charge of St Johnstone in November 2007, guiding the club to a third place finish in Division One at the end of the 2007/08 season. The following year he led the Saints to top spot as they won promotion to the SPL. This was followed by back-to-back eighth place finishes and if he does, as expected, join City then he leaves St Johnstone sitting fifth in the table, just a point behind Celtic in third.
Bristol City host Birmingham City at Ashton Gate on Sunday 23rd October. If McInnes is in charge by that time then City will be gunning to get there season back-on-track with a moral boosting win. Paddy Power have installed the visitors as the narrow 6/4 favourites for the three points, while City can be found with odds of 7/4, with a draw available at 23/10.
Odds supplied by Paddy Power.