By Danny Wright
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is open for discussions about replacing Tony Pulis in the West Brom hotseat, according to a report.
The Express and Star claims that McInnes, 46, is a heavy favourite to also fill the vacancy at Rangers, with the Scottish giants being on the hunt for Pedro Caixinha’s successor for almost four weeks.
The Scottish Sun has previously reported that McInnes is Rangers’ number one target, even though they are yet to make an approach for him.
However in what appears to be a blow for the Light Blues, the Pittodrie boss is now keen on staging talks with the Baggies, who announced on their official website on Monday that Pulis had been sacked after almost three years in charge with the West Midlands club just one point shy of the relegation zone.
It is understood that although McInnes is eager to go into discussions, West Brom’s hierarchy aren’t so sure, with them wanting to bring in a manager who has experience in the Premier League.
McInnes is a former player of the Baggies and captained them to winning promotion to the Premier League in 2002, but the highest level he has managed at in England is with Bristol City in the Championship.
Football Insider Verdict
Rangers have to try and make a move for McInnes in the next few days if they want to fend of West Brom. Although the Albion board don’t see too keen on someone without top-flight experience in England, they could still see him as a contingency plan if they fail to get their prime targets. The longer the Gers’ search goes on for, the more at risk they are of not getting their targets. McInnes has been their top choice since day one according to a series of reports, but he has recently seen his odds drift with Alex McLeish now the leading contender with the bookmakers. Rangers fans don’t want to see McLeish return to Ibrox and part of getting the next appointment right is also pleasing the fans.