Sunderland are looking for a new manager following the resignation of David Moyes at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Former Celtic striker Sutton has explained why McInnes should not take the managerial job at the Stadium of Light if it was offered to him.
“The managerial position is also under scrutiny with the links to McInnes and Sunderland,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record. “I can understand why the Black Cats would be interested in him – but I’m not sure what there is to interest McInnes going there.
“On the face of it, Sunderland looks great. The chance to play in front of 40,000-plus crowds and get a big club moving in the right direction on a massive salary sounds appealing.
“But dig below the surface and you might see something different. The club is a mess. David Moyes left because he had no money to spend, the best players could be leaving and the squad is going to be stripped for the start of the next season.
“There are also issues over the future of chairman Ellis Short and a possible change at the top. It might be more trouble than it’s worth.”
Aberdeen finished second in the Scottish Premiership and reached the final of the Scottish Cup this season.
The question is how far further can McInnes take Aberdeen. It is hard to see the Dandies challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season, while Rangers are likely to become stronger next season.
Sunderland will play in the Championship next season, but there is potential at the Black Cats to bounce straight back into the Premier League.