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Fulham coach Billy McKinlay has emerged as a shock contender for the Aberdeen job.

McKinlay is understood to be among the contenders for the post which will become vacant when Craig Brown quits this summer.

Ironically, Brown is likely to back a move for the 43-year-old, below.

He took McKinlay to the 1998 World Cup as a player and he faced Brazil in the Paris opener under him – and Brown, who’ll have a say in his successor’s identity, is an admirer of his coaching talents.

The highly-rated former Dundee United midfielder was targeted for a move to Blackburn as manager at the start of the season – but Fulham rebuffed the Championship side’s move.

McKinlay has been at Fulham since retiring there in 2004.

He has worked his way up from youth coach to first-team coach and was in temporary charge of the side when boss Martin Jol was ill last year.

McKinlay is settled at Craven Cottage but has ambitions to boss and could be tempted by the prospect of a Pittodrie call.