St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has refused to put himself forward for the West Brom job, despite emerging as a potential candidate for the role.
Di Matteo, formally MK Dons manager, was sacked this weekend after guiding the club to promotion last year, and above the drop zone this year.
13 defeats in 18 games led the board to decide they needed a change of manager in a world where nobody seems to be safe, regardless of what they’ve done for the club in the past.
“I can understand it because I played for them, but I’m not agitated to jump at the first sign of a bit of interest,” said McInnes.
“I’m happy where I am at St Johnstone at the minute.”
McInnes has done a good job at St Johnstone, keeping them in the cup and leading the team to seventh place in the league, but doesn’t want to leave the club.
“I’m a bit sceptical of these things,” he said.
“I’ve been linked with it in the past, but I’m more than happy with what I’m doing at St Johnstone.
“There’s a lot of progression within the team and areas where we can go and achieve things.
“I want to do as well as we can in the cup and get to the top six.
“That’s all we’re concentrating on, but I’m sure if there was anything in it, our chairman would be the first to let me know.
“I have a great relationship with him and ultimately he’ll decide.
“Maybe in time, it will happen – I am ambitious and I want to do as well as I can in this job, but I must stress that I’m not looking to jump ship at the first sign of opportunity.”
I wonder what the odds of McInnes being unveiled as new West Brom boss this week are after saying that?