BRISTOL City manager Derek McInnes has been relieved of his duties after the Robins slumped to the foot of the npower Championship table yesterday following a 4-0 home defeat by Leicester City.
Director Jon Lansdown said in a statement: “This is a decision we felt we had to make for the good of the football club. Derek has been a pleasure to work with. He’s disappointed but he understands the decision.
“We want to give ourselves the best possible chance of getting out of the situation we are currently in and we’ve got 20 games to do that.”
The 41-year-old former Scotland international left St Johnstone to take the Bristol City job in October 2011 and kept them in the Championship during his first season in charge. But the Ashton Gate outfit have struggled this term, winning just six out of 26 league matches as well as being dumped out in the first round of the League Cup and third round of the FA Cup.
During his time in charge McInnes, pictured above, relied heavily on the Scottish market to bolster his squad, signing Richard Foster, Stephen Pearson, Mark Wilson, Stephen McManus and Danny Wilson. He dipped into the SPL again last week to sign Liam Kelly from Kilmarnock for a reported £150,000 but the new boy endured a tough debut yesterday.
The heavy loss inflicted by Leicester proved to be the final straw, with McInnes dismissed after losing 31 of his 62 games in charge.
Assistant manager Tony Docherty – who worked alongside McInnes at St Johnstone – has been asked to take training tomorrow, when the club will hold a press conference.
Speaking after the match, McInnes said: “A lot of players let the fans down in the first half today. The first three goals were self-inflicted.”
The sacking comes just four weeks after Bristol Rovers sacked another Scottish manager, Mark McGhee.
Former Scotland manager Craig Levein was invited down by McInnes to assist at training last week.
Hibernian have told midfielder David Wotherspoon they want to keep him and intend to offer him a new deal. The 22-year-old, pictured, is out of contract in the summer and is now free to speak to new clubs. However, the former Scotland under-21 internationalist has held initial, informal discussions with manager Pat Fenlon over his future.
The player, who penned an extension in 2009 to keep him at the club until this summer, has struggled to pin down a regular position in previous years. But this season he has played virtually all of the campaign on the right side of midfield and has rewarded Fenlon with a string of impressive displays. A source said: “Hibs have told David they would like to offer him a new contract. Pat Fenlon has spoken to him and said he wants to keep him and David is happy to speak about a new deal.”
Canadian international defender Andre Hainault has joined Ross County from MLS club Houston Dynamo. The 26-year-old’s contract with the Texas outfit was coming to an end, with Dynamo currently in between seasons.
Annan Athletic have appointed Jim Chapman as manager. The Third Division club turned to Chapman following the resignation of Harry Cairney just before Christmas. Chapman, who has previously managed Albion Rovers and Dumbarton beat five other candidates to land the job, including former Scotland midfielder Scott Severin, Annan’s interim manager Ewan Brydson, head of youth and former Gretna boss Rowan Alexander and one time Annan manager David Irons.
Falkirk striker Lyle Taylor’s fine form during December when he netted seven times, including two hat-tricks, has earned him the Irn-Bru Player of the Month Award.
n Controversial former Juventus director Luciano Moggi, who was at the heart of a 2006 match-fixing scandal, will stand as a candidate in Italian parliamentary elections in February. Moggi will stand for the Italian Reformists, a group which is set to ally with the People of Freedom party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Moggi was banned for life from Italian football and received a custodial sentence following the Calciopoli corruption scandal. He was also convicted of trying to manipulate the transfer market in a separate criminal trial.