Pundit Kris Commons has told the Scottish Daily Mail (The Verdict, p20, 28/10) that he thinks Derek McInnes will now regret rejecting both Rangers and Sunderland.
McInnes was a man in demand in 2017, as he was targeted by Sunderland following their relegation to the Championship, but snubbed the job, causing the Black Cats to go for Simon Grayson instead.
Later in the year, Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha, and went for McInnes as his replacement – a move which would have made perfect sense for the Aberdeen boss.
McInnes was a Rangers player and grew up supporting the club (Daily Record), but still rejected what he felt was his only chance to go and manage his club.
The 48-year-old chose to stay put at Pittodrie, showing admirable loyalty to the club, but things are starting to turn a little sour for the Scot with Aberdeen.
His Dons side were smashed 4-0 by Celtic on Sunday, and they have only claimed 15 points from the first 10 games of the season, sitting 10 points adrift of Celtic and Rangers already.
McInnes is under pressure from Aberdeen fans after a woeful start to the season, and pundit Commons thinks he will now regret not taking either the Rangers or Sunderland job, though Rangers will naturally be delighted now given how Steven Gerrard has impressed in the role.
Commons feels that it's gone stale for McInnes at Aberdeen after nearly seven years in the job, and thinks their struggles are being mirrored around the league at clubs like Hearts and Hibernian.
“Fair play to him for showing some loyalty, but there must be a part of him which regrets snubbing the managerial vacancies at Rangers and Sunderland a few years back,” said Commons. “Everything just feels like it’s gone a bit stale at Aberdeen - and their struggles this season are symptomatic of the league as a whole,” he added.
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