Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is a shock contender for the manager position at West Brom after a deal for David Wagner collapsed (Daily Mail).

The German coach has opted for Swiss side Young Boys in order to be closer to his family, a deal for number one target Chris Wilder also failing. It leaves West Brom scrambling for a new manager after their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship and they could turn to former player McInnes.

West Brom want Derek McInnes as a potential manager candidate.

West Brom want Derek McInnes as a potential manager candidate. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Out of work since leaving Aberdeen earlier this year, McInnes featured over 100 times as a player for West Brom. McInnes led Aberdeen to their League Cup triumph in 2014 before four straight second-place finishes between 2015 and 2018. He also guided Aberdeen to multiple cup semi-finals and finals, although he only lifted one trophy.

Barnsley boss Valérien Ismael and Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton are also potential candidates for West Brom, but they have compensation clauses in their contracts, which Albion would not need to work around with McInnes.

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