By Danny Wright
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is set to hold talks with West Brom over being Tony Pulis’ successor at the Hawthorns, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Baggies are ready to move ahead of Rangers in the pursuit of McInnes, 46, and are expected to ask the Dons for permission to go into discussions with him this week.
It is understood that the Light Blues are yet to make any kind of approach for McInnes despite being on the hunt for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement for almost four weeks.
The report states that West Brom chairman John Williams is a big fan of the Aberdeen manager, who formerly played for the West Midlands club, however Chinese owner Guochaun Lai has reservations about his lack of Premier League experience.
The Scottish Sun has previously reported that McInnes is Rangers’ number one target for the permanent manager’s job at Ibrox.
Football Insider Verdict
West Brom’s search for a new manager looks like it is going to have a huge effect on Rangers, who have been dithering for almost a month in their bid to replace Caixinha. It’s understandable that they get the appointment right and they should take some time over it, but not so much time that they miss out on their top target. McInnes played for both the Baggies and the Gers and was successful in both spells. Even though many see him as being a ‘Rangers man’, it would unlikely that the Aberdeen boss would be able to turn down a chance to shine in the Premier League, especially having previously endured a tough spell with Bristol City in the Championship down south.