Derek McInness: photo via Aberdeen FC’s Facebook pages

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Derek McInnes looks set to become our new manager, with his Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty coming with him to the Stadium of Light.

Here is a statement from the official Aberdeen FC website:

The club can confirm that early this afternoon Sunderland FC agreed to meet all the contractual obligations for both Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty and they have, reluctantly, been granted permission to speak with both of them about the vacant managerial position at Sunderland.

This was followed by a prissy “no further comment at this moment in time” sentence but we can safely ignore that and, maybe, reflect on how things turned out for another Aberdeen manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, after he moved south – via a stint in charge of Scotland.

That’s all I know ( with thanks to Barry Dixon at our Facebook group).

Read up on McInnes at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_McInnes and if you hear more, feel free to add it in Comments …

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake

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