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Derek McInnes: Allowed to talk to Bristol City
DEREK McINNES SET FOR ROBINS TALKS
St Johnstone have granted permission to Bristol City to interview their manager Derek McInnes.
McInnes was linked with the vacancy at the npower Championship club following the departure of Keith Millen at the start of the month.
A statement on Saints' official website confirmed: "Following negotiations, the club have agreed to Bristol City's request to interview manager Derek McInnes."
City chairman Colin Sexstone told his club's official website: "Derek is one of the people we would like to speak with about the job.
"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.''
City 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.
City chairman Colin Sexstone told www.bcfc.co.uk: "Derek is one of the people we would like to speak with about the job.
"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."
According to their official website, City 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.
Meanwhile, McInnes is boosted by the return of two key players for tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Inverness after Murray Davidson and Frazer Wright recovered from knee and calf injuries respectively.
The Saints boss said: "It's good to have them back available, they are important players for us.
"Murray has worked extremely hard to get back and he's back bang on schedule. He's a different type of midfielder to what we've got and it's great to have him back.
"We worked hard to bring Frazer to the club, he's got a big presence and experience, and it's good to have him back too."
McInnes says his players are keen to pick up where they left off before the international break.
He added: "I've got a feeling the boys are itching to go and to continue the early good work that we've had.
"We've got to recognise that the good results we've had have been down to a lot of hard work and determination and we need to make sure we have that again.
"Hopefully they will be hungry to keep on picking up points."
McInnes, speaking before the Perth club confirmed the talks with Bristol City, insists Saints will take nothing for granted despite Inverness' position at the bottom of the SPL.
He said: "Terry [Butcher] is a bit like ourselves in that he has had a big turnover of players.
"He brought a few players in and sometimes it takes time to settle. They have also had a lot of injury problems themselves.
"We've had nothing but difficult games against Inverness in the past and we expect nothing different this time.
"They are well-organised and well-motivated and I think they will be buoyed by the fact that they beat St Mirren the last time.
"I fully expect a tough match. I think Terry will have his team believing they can come to our place and win the game but we've got to make sure that we're ready to put in a performance and play at the level we're capable of.
"If we do that, it will also be a tough game for Inverness."