Bristol City to interview St Johnstone boss McInnes

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes
McInnes's St Johnstone have started the season in fine form

St Johnstone have granted permission to Bristol City to interview their manager Derek McInnes.

The English side, currently bottom of the Championship, are seeking a new boss following the departure of Keith Millen at the start of the month.

A statement on Saints' website confirmed: "Following negotiations, the club have agreed to Bristol City's request to interview Derek McInnes."

McInnes has been in charge of the Perth outfit since 2007.

Earlier this week, Saints chairman Geoff Brown told BBC Scotland that McInnes would be allowed to speak to City as long as a compensation fee was agreed.

According to the Robins' website, the club plan to hold interviews at the start of next week, with a view to making an appointment ahead of next Sunday's home game against Birmingham.

"Derek is one of the people we would like to speak with about the job," said chairman Colin Sexstone.

"He is a strong contender, we've heard good things about him and hence the reason we have requested permission from St Johnstone to interview him about the role."

McInnes rejected an offer from League One side Brentford in May and the former Rangers midfielder was also linked with the management post at one of his other previous clubs, West Brom.

McInnes began his playing career with Morton and had spells with Rangers, Toulouse, West Brom, Dundee United and Millwall.

He joined Saints as a player in 2007 and was elevated to the manager's role after Owen Coyle departed McDiarmid Park to become Burnley manager.

Under McInnes's guidance, St Johnstone won the First Division title in 2009 to win promotion to the SPL and subsequently signed an extension to his contract.

Two eighth-place finishes in Scotland's top flight have bolstered the former Scotland international's managerial reputation.

The Perth side have been particularly impressive away from home so far this season, winning at Celtic Park, Motherwell's Fir Park and, on Saturday, Kilmarnock's Rugby Park.

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