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Report: West Brom eyeing 'very, very good' 49-year-old manager with 'huge' standards

West Brom are reportedly eyeing Derek McInnes, according to Sky Sports.

The Baggies are looking for a new manager following Sam Allardyce’s departure at the end of last season.

West Brom were seemingly closing in on David Wagner, but talks broke down.

The German has now committed his future elsewhere, joining Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys.

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Sky Sports has reported that McInnes is viewed as one of the favourites for the role at The Hawthorns.

Michael Appleton has also been tipped as a potential frontrunner for the job.

Who is Derek McInnes?

The 49-year-old was a midfielder in his playing days and had a fruitful spell at Albion in the 2000s.

McInnes came through the ranks at Scotland’s Greenock Morton and made upwards of 200 appearances for them.

The two-cap Scotland international then joined Rangers in 1995 and had five years at Ibrox.

McInnes then joined West Brom and made 88 appearances for the Baggies between 2000 and 2003, including in the Premier League.

After leaving The Hawthorns, he played for Dundee United and Millwall before wrapping up his playing career at St Johnstone.

McInnes’ first managerial job was at St Johnstone, between 2007 and 2011.

He then did two years at Bristol City before enjoying eight fruitful years in charge of Aberdeen.

McInnes left the Dons in March this year and is currently a free agent.

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McInnes has plenty of experience and did really well with Aberdeen, leading them to several great cup runs and title tilts.

He also has a major trophy to his name, winning the Scottish League Cup in 2013-14.

Paul Sheerin, who coached under McInnes, told the Press and Journal in April: “The standards are huge at Aberdeen, Derek and Tony have always demanded that.”

And former Dundee United boss Micky Mellon said in 2020: “He’s a very, very good manager and we’re really looking forward to the challenge of going and competing against them.”

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