Former Bristol City manager Derek McInnes linked with rivals job

A familiar name to Bristol City fans has been linked with the Championship’s latest job opportunity.

Returning to Ashton Gate? Derek McInnes linked with City’s Severnside rivals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Returning to Ashton Gate? Derek McInnes linked with City’s Severnside rivals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Returning to Ashton Gate? Derek McInnes linked with City’s Severnside rivals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Former Bristol City manager Derek McInnes is the latest name to be linked to the vacancy at Cardiff City.

The 50-year-old managed the Robins from 2011 to 2013, steering the club to Championship safety in his first season before leaving in a job he was keen to succeed in.

Now he could line up in the opposition dugout at Ashton Gate following the latest development in Cardiff’s search to find a new first-team manager.

City’s Severnside rivals parted company with Mick McCarthy last Saturday following an eighth straight defeat which leaves them 21st in the table, five points behind Nigel Pearson’s men.

The Daily Mail links the Scotsman to the job, stating that he is keen to manage again in England after leaving Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in March.

McInnes held the role up in Scotland for eight years, guiding the Dons to the Scottish League Cup in 2014, as well as three runners-up spots in the Premiership.

He left Aberdeen with a win percentage of 53.44%, which is considerably higher than his one at Bristol which is 26.98%.

McInnes wouldn’t be the first person to cross the Severn Bridge divide, given the likes of Aden Flint, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Lee Tomlin and Marlon Pack all joining the Welsh side in recent years.

Former Robins midfielder Jody Morris is under consideration and has displaced Chris Wilder as the bookies favourite for the job.

Former Forest Green Rovers man Anthony Barry, who is now first-team coach at Chelsea, Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff, as well as Mike Flynn, who recently left Rovers’ League Two rivals Newport County.

Joey Barton is amongst those listed with BetVictor, however with odds of 33/1, he is unlikely to be a serious contender for the post.

Odds correct at the time of writing and may go up or down.