Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden is on the shortlist for the Aberdeen manager's job, should Derek McInnes leave for Sunderland, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
McInnes is expected to leave Pittodrie after Sunderland made an approach for the Scot to succeed David Moyes at the Stadium of Light.
Aberdeen are resigned to seeing McInnes move on and they are drawing up a shortlist of possible replacements to take over at Pittodrie.
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Former Falkirk defender Holden is thought to figure on Aberdeen's shortlist with the 37-year-old highly regarded in Scotland from his time at Falkirk.
Holden is currently working as assistant head coach at Bristol City under Lee Johnson after joining the Championship club last November.
Holden also had a three-month spell in charge of Oldham after Johnson's departure from the club to Bristol City.
Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden
Holden worked as first-team coach at Walsall at the back end of the 2015/16 season as the club reached the League One play-offs before moving to Bristol City.
The 37-year-old, who has all his coaching badges, including the UEFA Pro Licence, is highly-regarded in coaching circles and is thought to be keen to become a manager in his own right again.
Bristol City would not welcome any move from Aberdeen from Holden as they see him as a valuable member of the coaching team at Ashton Gate.
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