Accusations of ‘Major Skullduggery’ on appointment of new Sunderland Manager
The identity of the man set to be new Sunderland manager was revealed earlier today.
With the likes of Sky Sports (see below), BBC Sport and various other media all reporting that Jack Ross is going to be taking charge of the double relegation champions.
Sky Sports reported that Sunderland are set to pay £50,000 compensation to get their man and that even in the state they are in, they can afford to pay five times what Jack Ross has been earning in the Scottish second tier.
However, there are now echoes of the embarrassment Sunderland last faced when trying to recruit a manager from the Scottish leagues.
It is now 11 months since Derek McInnes indicated he was going to take the job at the Stadium of Light, only to then prefer to stay in the lowly Scottish league with Aberdeen, rather than come to Wearside after he realised what a mess they were in.
Jack Ross is currently with St Mirren and when news broke today of the imminent appointment of Jack Ross at Sunderland, the St Mirren owner/chairman.
Gordon Scott owns over 50% of the Scottish club and he was contacted by Scottish Daily Mail Chief Football Writer Stephen McGowan.
His response to the Sunderland link was surprising and amusing:
“There has been no contact with us and Jack is on holiday abroad.
“So unless there is some major skullduggery going on, it is nonsense.”
(***Later on Wednesday afternoon St Mirren then confirmed that they had now had an approach:
‘St Mirren Football Club can confirm we received a formal approach from Sunderland AFC for permission to speak to our manager Jack Ross.
After agreeing to our terms we have reluctantly given them permission to speak to Jack about their vacant managers position.’)
The Mag – Earlier today (Wednesday 23 May 2018):
Sky Sports have revealed the identity of the new Sunderland Manager.
The broadcaster says they understand it is Jack Ross who will be taking over in the third tier of English football.
The 41 year has only very limited managerial experience, having relegated part-time outfit Alloa Athletic to the third tier of Scottish football in 2015/16.
He then landed the job at St Mirren in October 2016, the club ending up seventh of ten in the Scottish second tier, Ross only avoiding relegating to the third tier on goal difference.
This season things have picked up for him and he has taken St Mirren into the Scottish Premier League.
Nobody can accuse Sunderland of not cutting their cloth to suit their new standing.
Non-league Eastleigh’s owner has taken on Sunderland, with it being revealed that he is having to pay the £40m asking price in instalments, with that debt to Elliot Short secured on the next two seasons Premier League parachute payments.
Sky Sports say that part of the attraction is that Sunderland only have to pay £50,000 compensation to St Mirren.
On the financial side also, they report that such is the low pay Jack Ross is on up in the Scottish second tier, even in Sunderland’s much reduced state, they are still offering him five times the amount of money he is currently earning.
As a player, Jack Ross played mainly in Scotland, though he did manage 23 games for Hartlepool as well, back in 2004/05.
Claims that Chris Coleman would be coming back to Sunderland have proved wide of the mark and it looks very unlikely that Sunderland could have afforded anybody of that level, judged by going for Jack Ross.
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