WILLIE MILLER admits Sunderland target Derek McInnes would be right to consider any potential move to English football – but is desperate to see the Aberdeen manager stay.
McInnes has been strongly linked with the Black Cats job since Davie Moyes resigned last week and is the bookies’ favourite.
The Dons boss came close to masterminding a massive shock in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final but, with the cruel blow of Tom Rogic’s injury-time winner, could not steer the Pittodrie side to a treble-denying victory over Celtic.
And Aberdeen legend Miller, who enjoyed a three-year spell as manager, insists McInnes could not be faulted for leaving the club if he was to be enticed away by Sunderland.
Miller said: “Derek has brought good times to the club.
“If you are a player or a manager doing well at Aberdeen, then you’re going to attract attention.
“If Derek decides to go then you have to respect that decision.
“The lure of a move south is huge. Sunderland would be a challenge and English clubs don’t come calling very often.
“If a club comes in, then he has to consider it.
“But I’m like other Aberdeen fans in that I hope he stays, because he has done a fantastic job.”
Miller has heaped praise on his former team and McInnes for their near-flawless display at Hampden at the weekend.
The 62-year-old added to BBC Scotland: “I thought his tactics were perfect. He was very close to getting the perfect day for the fans.
“The players and supporters will be disappointed they did not lift the cup but they can be more than happy with their performance.
“It was an outstanding game of football, a great occasion. I think most commentators thought it was going to be a stroll in the park for Celtic, but it certainly wasn’t that.
“It was on a knife-edge right until the Rogic goal.”