Derek McInnes is linked with the job at West Bromwich Albion
Bristol City manager Derek McInnes has not been ruled out as a candidate to take over from Roy Hodgson at Premier League West Bromwich Albion.
Hodgson was yesterday unveiled as new England manager following extensive talks with the Football Association at Wembley on Monday.
A former City manager, Hodgson will perform a dual role until the end of the season, planning for England's European Championship campaign while overseeing West Brom's final two Premier League games.
But Albion directors have already begun their search for a replacement and, following a meeting of the Baggies' hierarchy on Sunday, it is believed McInnes is one of the names under consideration.
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The 40-year-old Scot has strong links to the Midlands club, having served as a player at The Hawthorns between 2000 and 2003, during which time he made 88 appearances and became a firm favourite with the fans.
McInnes, who was still in charge at St Johnstone at the time, was interviewed for the vacant manager's job at West Brom after Roberto Di Matteo was dismissed last year.
Albion appointed Hodgson back then, but could now renew their interest in McInnes, who further enhanced his impressive CV by keeping City in the Championship this season.
Appointed as successor to Keith Millen in October last year, McInnes took over a team struggling at the foot of the table and eventually staved off the threat of relegation thanks to a notable eight-match unbeaten run towards the end of the campaign.
Highly thought of both sides of the border, the former Glasgow Rangers midfielder has featured prominently in the betting for the West Brom job.
Bet365 bookmakers last night offered the Scot at 10/1 to succeed Hodgson, making him fourth favourite behind Birmingham boss Chris Hughton (3/1), Wigan manager Roberton Martinez (7/1) and the out-of-work Lee Clark, who was sacked by Huddersfield Town earlier this season.
Although Hughton is the early favourite, he has unfinished business at Birmingham City , who are in the Championship play-offs.
Bristol City officials declined to comment on the mounting speculation.
But they will be concerned about the possibility of their manager being targeted by a Premier League club.
McInnes has two years remaining on his Ashton Gate contract and City owner Steve Lansdown sees him as the man to see the club through a transitional period.
He will be handed funds to rebuild the squad at Ashton Gate.