He’s been linked with the Sheffield United job – and Sir Alex Ferguson says he’ll happily provide a reference for Derek McInnes after his work at Aberdeen.

The 49-year-old left the Dons earlier this month after eight years in charge, finishing second in the Scottish Premiership four times and winning the League Cup in 2014. Following this, he has been linked to the vacant Sheffield United manager’s job (Scottish Sun).

Derek McInnes has been linked with the currently vacant Sheffield United job.

Derek McInnes has been linked with the currently vacant Sheffield United job after spending eight years as manager in the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Legendary former Dons and Manchester United boss Ferguson is happy to sing McInnes’ praises (PA): “Derek is a top-class, experienced manager who still has the energy of youth. He is capable of taking on a big job. If I was asked for a reference for him, I would gladly supply it.”

Ferguson will also be used by Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack as a sounding board, with the managerial recruitment process underway at Pittodrie (Red TV): “I talked to Sir Alex Ferguson. He called me on Friday and reminded me that – in his opinion, and I agree with him – that Aberdeen Football Club is the hardest club to manage outside of Celtic and Rangers.

“It’s the hardest club to be chairman of. It’s a prestigious position for anyone. He said to me: ‘Listen, Dave, as you look forward and make this appointment, the relationship between the chairman and manager is critical. You make sure that you do your due diligence but you pick someone who is the right person for yourself to deal with and for the club’.”

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