After weeks of speculation, Derek McInnes has tonight turned down the opportunity to take over as manager of Sunderland AFC. Aberdeen recently published the below tweet confirming the notion that McInnes and Docherty will NOT be leaving the club as many people had expected.
BREAKING NEWS | Aberdeen FC is pleased to confirm that Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty have elected to remain at Pittodrie#StandFree pic.twitter.com/xOct25NATl— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) June 15, 2017
And so the search continues despite the fact that many people believed McInnes would be appointed by the end of the week. Who knows the reasons behind the rejection; however, scrutiny will now fall upon our beleaguered club’s hierarchy who have somehow managed to fail to land their number one managerial target despite apparently being close to finalising the deal.
Long touted the favourite for the job in the wake of David Moyes’ resignation, McInnes has decided that his future does not lie on Wearside, but with the Aberdeen side which he has nurtured for the last several years bringing much success. Despite lacking financial power in the transfer market, and not owning their own training ground - McInnes has somehow managed to make his Aberdeen side the second best club in Scotland as well as bringing silverware to Pittodrie.
Sunderland now find themselves back to square one in their search for a new manager, and all hands will be now forced to the deck in their continued search considering that pre-season begins in a little over two weeks time.
The surprising news will undoubtedly leave many fans anxious and asking why we weren’t able to finalise a deal for a manager who many expected would see the Sunderland job as a step forward in his career.
Martin Bain was quick to respond with a rather simplistic statement that did little to clarify the situation.
Sunderland statement on McInnes...— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 15, 2017
But that statement will do little to allay the fears of the Sunderland faithful who will demand answers as to why discussions broke down so late in the day. What really is going on behind the scenes at the club, and why aren’t we able to entice managers from arguably inferior sides to our club?
So there you have it, Derek McInnes will not be Sunderland’s next manager, and Sunderland AFC once more look the fools to the rest of the footballing world.