Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been shortlisted for the vacant Sheffield United post alongside the likes of former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (Scottish Sun).

The Blades are currently without a boss after the departure of beloved manager Chris Wilder over the weekend. Shortlisted candidates included McInnes, former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, Slaven Bilic and Lampard, who recently left Chelsea.

Derek McInnes has been shortlisted for the vacant Sheffield United job alongside the likes of former Chelsea manager Lampard and several other high-ranking former English Premier League bosses.

Derek McInnes has been shortlisted for the vacant Sheffield United job alongside the likes of former Chelsea manager Lampard and several other high-ranking former English Premier League bosses. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

At present, Paul Heckingbottom is the interim Sheffield United manager. Normally Blades U23s boss, this is Heckingbottom’s first senior management role since leaving Hibs in 2019, where he was replaced by Jack Ross after nine months in charge. His first game ended in a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Leicester City.

McInnes could be next to occupy the Bramall Lane dugout. The 49-year-old left Aberdeen last week after eight years at the helm, delivering a League Cup win in 2014 and four second-place finishes.

Form of late has dwindled though and McInnes left Aberdeen seven days ago after a 0-0 draw with Hamilton Accies made it one goal in nine games. The Dons return to action this weekend against Dundee United at Tannadice, six points behind third-place Hibs in the Scottish Premiership.

Aberdeen v Kilmarnock - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

The Dons have work to do if they wish to finish third in the Scottish Premiership this season. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Bristol City is the only spell in his managerial career that McInnes has spent down south. But with competition from the likes of former Chelsea man Lampard, respected Croatian coach Bilic and Celtic-linked Howe, the former Dons boss has serious competition to get the job at Sheffield United.

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