Derek McInnes says he’s ‘open to anything’ after he was linked with the vacant Sheffield United job following his time at Aberdeen.

The former Aberdeen manager left Pittodrie last month after eight years in charge at the north-east club. He has been linked with a quick-fire return to management as an outsider for the Sheffield United management gig but is enjoying punditry work at the moment.

Linked with Sheffield United.

Linked with Sheffield United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He won’t rule out moves north or south of the border: “I’m open to anything. At the minute I’m just looking forward to the break. I’m enjoying doing some TV work and watching games from a different perspective. I’m enjoying my down time and getting ready for my next challenge. I’m looking forward to that.

“Professionally I think it’s good for me after eight years to have that. It felt for me the right time to leave Aberdeen, so I’ll look forward to that next challenge, wherever it may be. I just want to work for a good club with good people within that club and see where we go.

“I’ve been managing since I was 36 and other than six or seven weeks in between Bristol City and Aberdeen. I’ve not really had an opportunity to be out of the game. When you are out, you’re preparing for your next job and part of that preparation is being physically right and mentally right and ready to go, because being a manager is all-consuming.

“I had one opportunity a few weeks ago about something. But I think it’s important to have a rest with some time to relax with the family. I’ll then be more than ready when the next challenge comes along.”

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