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Dons' McInnes rejects Sunderland

By Robert Jones

Derek McInnes has turned down the opportunity to take charge of Sunderland and will instead remain as Aberdeen boss, the Scottish Premiership club have announced.

McInnes had held talks with the recently-relegated Black Cats, who are in the market for a new manager after David Moyes left following a poor season which saw them finish bottom of the Premier League.

But now chief executive Martin Bain will have to go back to the drawing board as McInnes opted to stay on at Pittodrie.

McInnes guided the Dons to a third successive second-placed finish, although they were a distant 30 points behind runaway champions Celtic.

The 45-year-old former Rangers and West Brom midfielder has previously managed in England during a spell at Bristol City, but has decided against another stint south of the border.

McInnes said: "I have ambitions, and while there was interest from elsewhere, and I did talk to Sunderland, I feel there is so much still to be done at Aberdeen.

"While we have lost players, they will be replaced by signings of similar quality and our first challenge is to reach the group stages of the Europa League.

"Since the first day I arrived at Pittodrie, my biggest gripe has been the lack of training facilities and, with progress at last on that front, it's something I am keen to see through to its conclusion."

Despite getting McInnes to stay, Aberdeen have agreed to sell winger Jonny Hayes to Celtic, with the deal due to be announced in the next couple of days.

The 29-year old Republic of Ireland international is set to have a medical at the club today.

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