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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-05-23, 12:57 pm

Who is Jack Ross? A detailed look at the talented St Mirren boss who ticks the boxes for Sunderland


St Mirren boss Jack Ross looks likely to be the man to manage Sunderland going forward after agreeing a deal with new owner Stewart Donald
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  • 12:00, 23 MAY 2018
  • UPDATED12:30, 23 MAY 2018


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St Mirren boss Jack Ross is the man expected to fill the vacant manger’s role at Sunderland.
Reports suggest new Black Cats owner Stewart Donald has agreed a deal with Ross that will see the 41-year-old earn five-times his salary at St Mirren.
Donald revealed on TalkSport on Wednesday morning that he had agreed terms with a new manager and said he was excited to get the deal done.
With a busy summer ahead, and a big squad overhaul to undertake, getting that new manager in place as soon as possible is imperative.
So who is the new man in the hotseat at the Stadium of Light? Here’s everything you need to know about the St Mirren boss.

Career to date


The 41-year-old began coaching after a 16-year playing career which included an unsuccessful spell at Hartlepool United.
He started as a coach, working with Dumbarton and then Hearts before landing his first management job at Alloa Athletic in December 2015.
He was unable to prevent the part-timers being relegated from the Scottish Championship, but was handed a new deal and stayed on in the summer of 2016. He departed in October to take over at St Mirren in the Championship. At the time Alloa were second in the first division and had been praised widely after holding Celtic to a goalless draw for 83 minutes of a cup tie before succumbing to two late goals.
It was at St Mirren where Ross has really made his name as one of Scotland’s brightest young managers, however. Replacing former Sunderland player Alex Rae, He took over the Paisley club while bottom of the Championship and guided them to safety. Last season he then led them to the Scottish Championship title. He was voted SFA Manager of the Year, beating Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers to the gong.

Style of play


Ross’ St Mirren side have become known for their attacking, fan-friendly football.
Playing the ball on the ground and out from the back, his football is pleasing on the eye and usually leads to plenty of goals. In 36 games they scored 63 last season and finished 12 points clear of Livingston.
His preferred formation for the Buddies was a 4-3-2-1 which in attacking scenarios quite often resembled a 4-3-3 and was said to have been very fluid.
Tactically aware, his side could be organised and strong defensively when needed too. After a testing Scottish Cup tie, Celtic’s Rodgers described St Mirren as ‘the best team we have played’ back in March.


Man management


St Mirren’s players have regularly spoke of the great atmosphere at the club since his arrival.
His training methods have been described as ‘modern and enjoyable’.
Midfielder Cammy Smith praised his boss’ influence in his own career saying: “It is not a surprise to see him linked with these jobs - but we know he likes this squad, we know he likes coming in to work, and we are the same so we are confident we will all stay together.
“When I came on loan in January it was a bit different because every game was a must-win for us.
“But, from day one I have been very impressed, even when he phoned me to ask if I was interested to come to St Mirren for game-time.
“He was exactly what I needed - and he still is.
“He has been brilliant for me personally. I enjoy playing under him and I enjoy playing under the whole coaching staff here.”

Transfer record


Sunderland are going to need a massive squad overhaul this summer and Ross certainly has experience of that.
Having been at the St Mirren Ground for just two months, Ross sold ten players in his first January window and signed just as many. It paid off, with the Buddies marching on to safety.
He wasn’t given much of a budget in the summer but had signed the bulk of his squad in that January window and just added to it with some freebies and one or two loan arrivals.

Largely, his signings were Scottish players as he used his contacts to get players in. However, there were a few came in from England.
Only one player came in from abroad (Pal Fjelde, Norway) and he didn’t play much.

Working with youngsters


Sunderland have a great core of young players at the club, and fans will be delighted to hear that Ross has been no stranger to using younger players during his time there.
Perhaps a selling point to the new ownership, he also developed three of those youngsters enough to warrant bigger clubs to come in and buy them, making much-needed money for the club.
Kyle McAllister moved to Derby, Stevie Mallan (22) was sold to Barnsley last summer and Lewis Morgan was sold to Celtic before being loaned back for the season.

Relationship with the fans


When first linked with Ipswich, David MacDonald, editor of the Black and White Army website, told the East Anglian Daily Times: “He’s a really good guy.
“Almost the best thing that Jack did for us was, at time when the relationship between the fans and the club and the players wasn’t particularly healthy, over the last 15 months really bond that relationship.
“The whole club is completely united and he’s played a massive part in that. Things going better on the pitch helps but the way in which he conducts himself is brilliant.
“He takes time out to attend fan functions, to engage with the supporters, and the way he talks to the media is really good. He talks really well.
“If he sits down in front of you he’s a very impressive individual. He’s not like a lot of football managers who are just full of clichés – he thinks about what he says and what he says makes a lot of sense.”

High in demand


Ross ticks many boxes that would attract Sunderland then, but that’s also the case for many others too.
He is still a contender at Ipswich having been given permission earlier this month to speak to them. The positive news is that the Tractor Boys are considering other options though, including Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
He was a contender to replace ex-Sunderland player Paul Heckingbottom at Barnsley too, but opted to see out the season with St Mirren.
He was also made favourite to replace Dereck McInnes at Aberdeen when it looked like he’d be off to Rangers. Much like with Sunderland last summer, McInnes ultimately opted to stay at Pittodrie instead.
As well as that, Ross himself has not been afraid to reveal his high aspirations of one day managing the Scottish national side.
It’s clear that if Sunderland were to land Ross, they’d bag themselves a highly-regarded, highly sought after, young, modern-thinking, ambitious manager.

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Post  Kipper on 2018-05-23, 1:54 pm

Sounds like he's what we need.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-05-23, 1:58 pm

I am reaching the extra medication stage with excitement reaching unknown proportions.

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Post  Kipper on 2018-05-23, 2:02 pm

cyprussyd wrote:I am reaching the extra medication stage with excitement reaching unknown proportions.
Hold yourself for a bit - it might not be him.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-05-23, 2:03 pm

Kipper wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:I am reaching the extra medication stage with excitement reaching unknown proportions.
Hold yourself for a bit - it might not be him.
Holding myself does not help but I am the only one prepared to hold it these days

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