Derek McInnes is fully focused on his work with Aberdeen and not looking at speculation linking him with a return to West Brom.
Albion boss Darren Moore, a friend and former team-mate of McInnes, was sacked on Saturday night.
That is despite the Hawthorns club sitting fourth in the Championship with the possibility of promotion either automatically or through the play-offs back to the Premier League.
As is customary when jobs such as West Brom become available, speculation circulates, particularly on social media, about McInnes potentially moving on from Pittodrie.
However, the Dons boss, who played with Moore for Albion from 2001-2003, takes no notice of the rumours and is devoting his attention to the Reds’ Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Rangers tonight.
Slavisa Jokanovic and David Wagner are among the favourites to take over at West Brom, with Scot Alex Neil also mentioned.
McInnes said: “I’m gutted for Darren Moore because it’s such a harsh decision.
“I spoke to him last week and it just seems so unfair on him to lose his job.
“We are used to it now as managers, we are used to seeing managers lose their job unfairly.
“In terms of myself and everyone else at Aberdeen, we have work to concentrate on and that’s what we’re doing.
“It’s very rare that managers get much understanding or time in the modern day, but it still seems really unfair.”
This evening McInnes will have to do without striker Sam Cosgrove, who is suspended.
The Englishman has scored 18 goals this season, but is out after picking up yellow cards against Queen of the South in round five and in the initial 1-1 quarter-final draw with Rangers.
Stevie May or James Wilson are set to be drafted in to replace Cosgrove. Both May and Wilson have only found the net three times this season.
Although McInnes is disappointed to be without Cosgrove he sees the clash with the Gers as an opportunity for someone else.
He added: “Sam has been a permanent fixture for us over the last few months and has been very good.
“He’s someone that we’ve turned to in a lot of big games.
“He helps occupy defenders, he gives us size and strength and he gives us goals as well.
“We have a squad for a reason – we’ve never been totally dependent on a particular player – our biggest strength has always been the team.
“It’s up to us and others to take responsibility now to find a way to win.
“We’ve been in a lot of games this season without key players.
“In some cases it has maybe affected us, but in other cases it has been an opportunity for others and they have taken those opportunities so that’s what we’re hoping for in this game.”
The Aberdeen defence will come up against Alfredo Morelos again at Ibrox.
The Colombian striker has shown both sides of his game against the Dons. He netted twice in last month’s 4-2 Gers win at Pittodrie before getting sent off.
Morelos has also been red carded on two of the three other occasions he has faced the Dons.
McInnes doesn’t want to give him chances tonight and said: “It’s like with all good players, he is a good player and we’re well aware of that.
“He expects to score when he goes on the pitch and is a strong competitor.
“But with all Rangers’ good players we have to try to restrict their influence on the game.”
This is the sixth meeting between Aberdeen and Rangers this season. The Dons have won two and lost one with the sides also having two draws.
McInnes doesn’t think the familiarity of the teams and what has gone before will have an impact on the latest encounter.
He said: “Whatever has happened before this season doesn’t really have any bearing on it.
“I’ve always felt it’s the next game that’s most important and not games that have happened in the past.”