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New Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes on why he turned down offers from England and abroad after Aberdeen exit

DEREK McInnes has revealed he turned down job offers from England and Europe before agreeing to return to management with Kilmarnock this week.

McInnes, who parted company with Aberdeen after eight years in charge at Pittodrie back in March, signed an 18 month contract with the Ayrshire club on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old, who was unsuccessfully targeted by both Sunderland and Rangers when he was in the north-east, received several approaches during his nine months out of the game.

But he admitted the chance to take over at Rugby Park was too good to ignore and pledged to do everything he could to win promotion back to the cinch Premiership in the second half of the season.  

“Some opportunities came up,” said McInnes. “I was offered a few things in England and one thing abroad, nothing that really grabbed me.

“There were one or two in England I had applied for and was hopeful of getting but fell a wee bit short. There were also a lot that came up for that I didn’t apply for and didn’t quite see as the right opportunity. Sometimes you don’t know until you know.

“This came up, it wasn’t something I was thinking about, but once I met the people involved here this felt right and I felt I could come here and do something.

“You don’t want to be out of the game for too long. I was delighted to take up the challenge that Kilmarnock offered me.”

McInnes has only committed his future to Kilmarnock until the end of the 2022/23 season – but he feels there is nothing unusual about the length of his agreement with the Rugby Park club.   

“It’s what we agreed on after the negotiations,” he said. “Listen, you get managers signing for four and five years and all the rest of it. But ultimately the termination on these things is the same either way.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s one year or five years, the termination and compensation is normally a year anyway.

“So I think people can get too caught up in the length of contract because it doesn’t really mean anything – as a lot of managers can testify to. For me, I feel as though I’ve got an opportunity to get Kilmarnock up in that period.”

McInnes confirmed that Tony Docherty and Paul Sheerin, who worked alongside him at Aberdeen, were set to join Kilmarnock as assistant manager and first team coach.

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