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Aberdeen boss McInnes declines Sunderland switch

Sunderland have missed out on signing Derek McInnes as their new manager.

The Aberdeen boss was given permission by the Dons to speak with Sunderland after the two clubs agreed upon a compensation fee.

However, the 43-year old has rejected the Black Cats advances, and has instead committed to finishing what he started at Pittodrie.

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

“While we have lost players from last season, they will be replaced by signings of similar quality and our first challenge is to reach the group stages of the Europa League after coming so close in each of the last three seasons.

"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."

The former Rangers midfielder helped guide Aberdeen to a second place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Andrew Maclean
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