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Report: Derek McInnes apparently among list of Chris Wilder replacements at Sheffield United

According to the Scottish Sun, former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is on a list of names being drawn up by Sheffield United to take over from Chris Wilder.

The Blades are on the lookout for a new manager following the surprise departure of Wilder over the weekend. The self-proclaimed United fan leaving his boyhood club after nearly five years in charge.

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Paul Heckingbottom is to see the season out as Caretaker Manager, while Jason Tindall has also arrived to help out with coaching matters. For now, Alan Knill also remains, although it would be no surprise to see him leave soon either.

The Blades board are clearly keen to appoint the right man going forward and whoever comes in will have to work within the plans and structure wanted by Prince Abdullah. Of course, those plans are widely accepted to be reasons why Wilder left.

McInnes, 49, left Aberdeen just a week or so ago after a successful eight year spell in charge of the Dons. In that time, he consistently guided them into Europe, while he also won the Scottish League Cup in 2014.

The Scot also won promotion with St Johnstone back in 2009 while he also has a history at Bramall Lane, having scored in the infamous ‘Battle of Bramall Lane’ for West Brom.

Derek McInnes to Sheffield United – The right appointment?

Whoever comes into the mangerial hotseat at Bramall Lane faces an unenviable task. Chris Wilder was worshipped by most so anything other than a fast start and brilliant first impressions will go down like a lead balloon.

McInnes, in fairness to him, does have a good pedigree. He’s worked well at Aberdeen behind Rangers and Celtic and is clearly respected. When he left the club just this month, he did so with a glowing reference from Dons chairman, Dave Cormack.

A host of names are bound to be mentioned. Whoever is selected is going to come under scrutiny from United fans. The board, then, simply have to make sure they’re 100% sure on their man.

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