Coach turns down Sunderland
Milne delighted as McInnes stays at Pittodrie
Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said he was delighted that Derek McInnes has turned down the opportunity to take the coaching role at Sunderland and will remain at Pittodrie.
McInnes held talks with the Wearside club, who are managerless after David Moyes left following the club’s relegation from the English Premier League.
McInnes, whose assistant Tony Docherty will also remain at Aberdeen, said: “I have ambitions in the game and while there was interest from elsewhere, and I did talk to Sunderland, I feel there is so much still to be done here at Aberdeen.”
One of his priorities will be seeking replacements for Ryan Jack, Niall McGinn and Ash Taylor who have left and striker Johnny Hayes who is poised for a move to Celtic.
He said: “While we have lost players from last season, they will be replaced by signings of similar quality and our first challenge is to reach the group stages of the Europa League after coming so close in each of the last three seasons.
“Since the first day I arrived at Pittodrie, my biggest gripe has been the lack of training facilities and with progress at last on that front, it’s something I am keen to see through to its conclusion.”
Milne paid tribute to McInnes’ achievements since he took over in 2013.
“I am absolutely delighted that Derek and Tony have agreed to stay and have never doubted their commitment to the club,” he said.
“Given what Derek has achieved here, there is inevitably going to be interest from other clubs and in making the decision to stay, he has demonstrated how much Aberdeen means to him.
“It is now up to all of us, the board, staff, players and supporters to show how much we appreciate having him at the helm by getting right behind him.”
McInnes guided the Dons to a third successive second-placed Premiership finish last season and reached two cup finals. He led the club to its first trophy in 19 years by winning the League Cup in 2014.
The 45-year-old former Greenock Morton, Rangers and West Bromwich midfielder had a spell as manager at St Johnstone and Bristol City. He won two international caps.