Derek McInnes reckons English Championship clubs operate in a “ridiculous way” after the sacking of his former team-mate Darren Moore.
West Brom, relegated from the Premier League last season, sacked Moore less than a year into the job on Saturday night, despite being fourth in the table.
McInnes played alongside the ex-centre-back at The Hawthorns and welcomed the Baggies up to Pittodrie in pre-season. He is no longer surprised when he sees news such as Moore’s but believes the current business models used by those clubs is unrealistic.
He said: “I’m gutted for Darren. I got a text on Saturday night and it’s more disappointment than shock now when you see managers who are friends losing their job. Yes it’s shock but it’s more a disappointment. It just seems really unfair on him, to be honest.
“The Championship is the most ruthless of all the leagues because of what’s at stake. There are 16 or 18 teams who have an owner and board wanting that golden egg of reaching the wealth of the Premier League. But it’s unrealistic.
“There’s so many clubs and only three can get there in any given season. Normally the debris for the rest of them is 10-12 managers lose their jobs. For me, it’s really unworkable, that. It’s a ridiculous way to manage. You don’t get a chance to build or plan or create anything. It’s all short term. That’s fine if you sign up for that. Managers have become hardened to it, and go into it thinking ‘if I get sacked I get sacked.’
“It’s a merry-go-round and you lose the chance to control a club and manage properly.”
McInnes was understood not to be on the shortlist for the job, with Slavisa Jokanovic and David Wagner the favourites.