Why Sunderland should reconsider a move for Derek McInnes

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes celebrates at full time

Sunderland are reportedly lining up Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to become their new manager.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnesAberdeen manager Derek McInnes

According to a recent report in the Daily Mail, Sunderland are eyeing up Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes to become their new manager. The Scottish manager has led the Dons to three successive second-place finishes in the SPL.

And with a Scottish Cup Final on the way, any possible move for McInnes isn't likely to come soon. However, is the Aberdeen manager the right target for the Black Cats? Or should they be focusing elsewhere?

Sunderland fansSunderland fans

In their quest for a new manager, Sunderland would be wise to look for candidates with a proven track-record at Championship level. As proved by Aston Villa earlier in the season, managers can struggle in the Championship no matter how good their pedigree is, with the Villans turning from Champions League winning Roberto Di Matteo to Championship veteran Steve Bruce.

Derek McInnes is a manager with Championship experience. Taking over Bristol City in 2011, McInnes saved the struggling side from relegation. However, performances quickly began to drop at Ashton Gate, and after picking up just 17 wins from his 63 games in charge, McInnes parted ways with the Robins, heading back to Scotland to take over at Aberdeen.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes acknowledges fans after the gameAberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Picking up a win percentage of just 27% during his time in the Championship, perhaps Derek McInnes is not the right man to lead Sunderland straight back to the Premier League. After a bitterly disappointing season, Sunderland are in desperate need for a manager who can start delivering success straight away, and a project under McInees might not appeal.

With the shortlist narrowing, and other clubs circling on available managers, Sunderland will likely need to act quickly in deciding which direction they go in appointing a new manager. Could McInnes be the man for the Black Cats? Or is a more proven track record required to get the Stadium of Light bouncing again?

Sunderland fans in the stands before the matchSunderland fans

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