Derek McInnes is ready for his next challenge after leaving Aberdeen amid links to the vacant Sheffield United job (Scottish Sun).

The 49-year-old left Aberdeen recently after eight years at the Pittodrie helm, winning the League Cup in 2014 and achieving multiple second-place finishes. He’s reportedly a surprising contender for the Sheffield United job and McInnes is eager for his next challenge.

Former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been linked with the Sheffield United job.

Former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been linked with the Sheffield United job. (Photo by Ian McNicol/Getty Images)

He said (Premier Sports): “In between Bristol City and Aberdeen I only had about five weeks. It’d be nice to get some good time out, reflect and prepare for the next job. That’s what you do when you’re out of work as a manager and it’s important you use the time wisely.

“But at the same time, if an opportunity comes up and it’s exciting enough, it’s hard to resist that. It’s in us to work. Hopefully, I’ll get back into that and get the bit between the teeth again, come back better than ever.

“I’m really looking forward to the next challenge but I’m also looking forward to a break as well. Obviously it’s a sad time with a heavy heart leaving the club. For me, it was the right time. I was hoping to get to the end of the season and do it that way but I have to respect the club to try and get themselves prepared for next season.

“It’s a different era for them now. There’s a different board, a different management team. But there’s a lot of fondness, I had a fantastic time at Aberdeen. I worked with a lot of very good players and stuff. It’s onwards for them and onwards for me to look at the next challenge.”

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