Former Rangers player a shock contender for Premier League manager role - report
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Former Rangers player a shock contender for Sheffield United manager job - report

The Scottish Sun reports that former Rangers player Derek McInnes is a shock contender for the vacant manager role at Premier League club Sheffield United.

The ex-midfielder spent five years at Ibrox between 1995 and 2000 in the middle stages of a 20-year professional career.

Derek McInnes and Stefan Klos celebrate a Scottish Cup win over Celtic. (Photo by Gary M Prior/Allsport)

Since retiring, he’s managed St Johnstone, Bristol City and Aberdeen, controversially turning down the chance to become Rangers boss in 2017.


McInnes’ eight-year stint at Pittodrie came to an end earlier this month with the Dons fourth in the Premiership table and a whopping 39 points behind Steven Gerrard’s Gers.

According to the Scottish Sun, though, it may not take him long to find a new post.

That’s because he has allegedly emerged as a surprise candidate to take over at Sheffield United.

After days of speculation, former Blades boss Chris Wilder officially left his role by mutual consent on Saturday night after five years in charge [], with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

U23s manager Paul Heckingbottom has been placed in charge until the end of the season but the search is already underway for a new permanent boss.

Relegation is almost a certainty for the Blades, so whoever is appointed would be tasked with securing immediate promotion back to the Premier League and the report claims that McInnes is on a list of managers being considered for the job.

Former Rangers midfielder and Aberdeen manager McInnes is reportedly a candidate to take over at Sheffield United. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

The former Gers player does have some experience in the second-tier of English football, having managed Bristol City in the division between 2011 and 2013.

It’s suggested that several more high-profile individuals are also in contention, though, including Eddie Howe, Slaven Bilic and Frank Lampard.

Two former Rangers players were impacted and a £20m bluenose was left gutted by Wilder’s Sheffield United departure.

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