Sunderland confident of naming Derek McInnes as new manager later this week

Laura Christensen
June 14, 2017

Sunderland look to be closing on the appointment of Derek McInnes as their new manager.

McInnes was a key member of Smith's Rangers side which won the SPL title in 1996-97 and he is believed to be a big admirer of the 45-year-old, who has a 54% win ratio with the Dons.

Last month ahead of the Hampden Park final McInnes insisted he was focused on Aberdeen: "Honestly, it's been no distraction whatsoever".

McInnes, who's been at Aberdeen since April 2013, has overseen a period of on-field success winning the League Cup final in 2014 and qualifying for Europe in successive seasons.

He's keen to test himself in England again and despite Sunderland's current circumstances - they were relegated last season and are heavily in debt - he is excited by the potential of the Wearside club, who averaged over 40,000 at the Stadium of Light last term despite disastrous results.

Former Rangers boss Walter Smith, who worked with Bain for four years at the Ibrox and who the Sunderland chief executive has consulted with over the role has highly recommended the Scotsman, and sees him as the ideal fit for Sunderland going forward.

Sunderland are yet to announce the Scot's successor, but Aberdeen's Derek McInnes remains favourite with the bookmakers to replace Moyes in the dugout.

The news that McInnes could be set to leave Aberdeen came as the Pittodrie club announced that former chief executive Dave Cormack had made a "substantial investment in the club through the acquisition of shares" and joined their board.

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