Sunderland make move for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

Mitchell  Getty Images

Mitchell Getty Images

Sunderland have made a formal approach for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

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.

McInnes has previously stated his intention to stay with Aberdeen but could be tempted by a high profile job in the English Championship.

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.

All three clubs relegated out of the Premier League started the summer looking for new bosses and Sunderland are the only one still managerless after Hull appointed Leonid Slutsky and Middlesbrough recruited Garry Monk.

He is likely to treble his £300,000-a-year salary at Sunderland as the successor to David Moyes.

His contract at Pittodrie runs until 2019, and Aberdeen are reportedly seeking a compensation package worth around £1m for his release.

However, if McInnes does go, midfielder Ryan Christie could pull out of his proposed season-long loan switch from Parkhead to Pittodrie, which would force the Scottish champions to stump up more than the £1.3m in cash they have tabled.

Sunderland identified their man early on and have now made their move to get McInnes in place at the Stadium of Light.

Recommended News

  • Trump's lawyer to file leak complaint against Comey, report says

    There would be "nothing wrong if I did say" something regarding Flynn, Trump said "according to everybody I read today". The committee want the material by 23 June. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Mr Trump said.

    Penguins Win Stanley Cup In Historic Fashion

    The atmosphere inside the building was electric right from the warmup, where 15,000 people stood in front of their seats roaring. How about the job by Marc-Andre Fleury in these playoffs? Calgary is listed as the most likely destination in that scenario.
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify publicly before Senate on Tuesday

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify publicly before Senate on Tuesday

    This cast a new spotlight on Sessions and made him a character to watch in the Russian Federation investigation. He refused to divulge details about the president's promise last week that he would address the issue soon.
  • American student released from North Korea prison is reportedly in a coma

    US officials appeared to brush aside any speculation of a connection between Rodman's controversial visit and Warmbier's release. Rodman has visited North Korea several times over the past four years to promote what he calls "basketball diplomacy".

    Donald Trump Jr. appears to confirm key part of Comey's testimony

    During his campaign, Trump often said it was time to "drain the swamp" in Washington of corrupt and self-dealing insiders. The information was leaked to a reporter of "The New York Times " through a professor from the Columbia Law School.

    Deputy AG defends integrity of Russian Federation probe

    Rosenstein said Trump has not raised the issue of the special counsel with him and has not discussed Mueller's tenure. According to Justice Department rules, special counsel Robert Mueller can not be fired without good cause.
  • 'Very Cowardly!': Trump Lashes Out at Comey Over Leaks, Questions Their Legality

    QUESTION: When will you tell us about the recordings? Donald Trump Jr. has chose to become a talking head for his father again. Opposition Democrats have said that the leaks occurred after Comey was sacked and no longer a government official.
    UK, France to tackle online extremism

    UK, France to tackle online extremism

    Tech-savvy Macron has lobbied for tougher European rules, but details of his plans remain unclear. George, and giant flags from both countries were rolled out onto the field.
    E3 2017: Superhot VR Is Coming to PSVR

    E3 2017: Superhot VR Is Coming to PSVR

    The company says that Skyrim VR "reimagines the complete epic fantasy with an unparalleled sense of scale, depth and immersion". Notably, the game, which includes the Forever Update, brings you 20 more hours of "intense, nerve wrenching endgame".
  • E3 2017: 'Fallout 4 VR' and 'DOOM VFR' Trailers

    E3 2017: 'Fallout 4 VR' and 'DOOM VFR' Trailers

    You can pre-order the game right here , and you can pick up an HTC Vive as well if you don't already own one and have the coin. The other was Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus , set in an alternative Nazi-occupied America after the Second World War.

    Dennis Rodman, diplomat? He's back in North Korea

    Rodman , 56, is returning to North Korea for the first time in three years, a senior Donald Trump advisor confirmed to Fox News . During the 2014 visit he led a team of retired American players in a basketball game to celebrate Kim Jong Un's birthday.

    No cause to fire special counsel Mueller: deputy attorney general

    White House officials and a person close to Trump's personal attorney said Trump is not planning to make any moves on Mueller. Ruddy made the statement without speaking to the president and the White House is pushing back against the assertion.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.