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Black Cats vacancy hasn't been a distraction, insists Dons manager

By Gavin McCafferty

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insists he has been too focused on the William Hill Scottish Cup final to even think about Sunderland's managerial vacancy.

The Dons manager's name has been mentioned as the newly-relegated Championship team consider a replacement for David Moyes, who resigned on Monday.

Former Rangers boss Walter Smith is understood to be advising Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain on the appointment, and the 69-year-old publicly backed McInnes when the Ibrox manager's role was vacant this year.

When asked if the role was something that would interest him, McInnes said: "All my interest is on tomorrow's game and preparing the team."

The speculation emerged as Aberdeen bid to beat treble-chasing Celtic at Hampden today after finishing runners-up in the Betfred Cup and Ladbrokes Premiership.

McInnes said: "Honestly, it's been no distraction whatsoever.

"It just doesn't play a part. At this stage of the season a lot of English clubs have finished up and when there are managerial changes and there are players moving on or going out of contract, there's loads of speculation.

"I've had speculation about my players for three months. It's just the nature of the game. It's just speculation and it's had no bearing on our preparation."

McInnes has led Aberdeen to three consecutive runners-up spots in the Premiership as well as the 2014 League Cup.

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