Derek McInnes named as new Bristol City chief

Bristol City have announced that St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes will be the club’s new manager after agreeing a compensation package with the Scottish side.

The two parties had been in discussion since last week when McInnes was initially granted permission to speak to the Robins.

The Saints will pick up a compensation fee in the region of £100,000 for their boss who was understood to have pipped former Barnsley manager Mark Robins to the role.

Chairman Colin Sexstone was delighted to get his man when he spoke to the club’s official website: “Throughout this process we received applications from a host of very strong candidates but in the end Derek stood out above all others.

“Derek was the unanimous choice of the board of directors and majority shareholder. He’s an impressive character who is very highly-rated in the game and comes here on the back of a superb stint at St Johnstone.

“His passion, his great track record; he’s a manager on the up with a real understanding of the game. Derek has the drive and energy that proved to us he was the right man to take the club forward, both in the short-term and – even more importantly – in the medium to long-term.”

McInnes will speak to the press for the first time since taking the role at 10am and is expected to bring in his own backroom staff after long-serving coach Andy Walsh left the club after eleven years of service yesterday.

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