Derek McInnes to advise on St Johnstone successor

St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown
St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown faces the task of replacing McInnes

Outgoing St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes will have an input into who replaces him at McDiarmid Park.

McInnes, , leave Saints with the club sitting fifth in the Scottish Premier League after 11 matches.

"I had a really good relationship with my chairman and I'll continue to have that," said McInnes.

"Any help or guidance or advice that I can offer if asked, I'd be glad to help."

St Johnstone face Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday and host St Mirren the following week, with coach Alec Cleland in temporary charge of the first team, with assistance from experienced midfielder Jody Morris.

"I've left behind a very good club," added McInnes. "A lot of hard work goes into it, there's a lot of support and what we lacked in numbers we certainly didn't lack in passion.

"I had a lot of good people that I worked with there.

"I'm only part of it and they've got the quality in the squad to kick on from where they are. I'm sure they'll do that."

Experienced SPL managers Jimmy Calderwood, John Hughes and Jim Jefferies are all currently without a club, although the latter was not drawn on the possibility of replacing McInnes when asked by BBC Scotland earlier this week.

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