Sunderland confirm Jack Ross as their new manager

Written by on 25th May 2018

Sunderland AFC have confirmed Jack Ross as its manager ahead of a new era at the club under new owners.

The 41-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will be joined by assistant manager James Fowler at the Stadium of Light.

Ross is the reigning Scottish Championship Manager of the Year and PFA Scotland Manager of the Year after leading St Mirren to the Scottish Championship title in 2017-18. 

SAFC Chairman Stewart Donald said he was ‘delighted’ to welcome Jack to Sunderland.

“Jack is excited to be a part of the future we are building here, and the fact he turned down lucrative offers from elsewhere, including clubs currently in a higher division than ourselves, is testament to his commitment and desire to succeed at this club and his belief in our vision for the future.” – Stewart Donald, Sunderland AFC

Speaking about his appointment, Jack Ross called Sunderland ‘an incredible club’. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to take charge of an incredible football club. If you look the history, the facilities and most important of all, the fanbase, you can see what this club can be. To be part of the team to help realise that potential is something that fills me with excitement.” – Jack Ross

Ross guided St Mirren, who had been adrift at the bottom of the table, to safety in the Scottish Championship in his first season before the Buddies took the league title by 12 points in a truly dominant 2017-18 campaign.

Following on from the announcement that the position of CEO has been made redundant, some other senior executives have also departed. Academy manager Jim Sinclair has confirmed his intention to retire. 

The head of recruitment has left the club, along with the director of change and the head of marketing. A number of other individuals across the club are also leaving.

Moving forward the club will be led by a small team of senior executives, who have proactively taken salary cuts as a clear demonstration of their desire to be part of the new owners’ vision for the future.

That team will be led by Tony Davison, who joins from Tottenham Hotspur in the newly-created position of Managing Director.

Tony, a life-long Sunderland fan, brings with him a wealth of commercial and marketing acumen from over 20 years of working in football.

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