St Mirren return in pre-season for Jack Ross
Written by Spark on 13th June 2018
Sunderland will travel to new manager Jack Ross’ old club, St Mirren, in July for a pre-season friendly the Scottish Premier League side have confirmed.
The Black Cats will travel to Paisley on Saturday July 21 for a 3pm kick-off against a St Mirren side that have just appointed Alan Stubbs as Ross’ successor.
Ross told the Daily Record: “The St Mirren job is a far better and more attractive proposition now than when I took over the club.
“I was always a big advocate of the positive things around the club and not just when we enjoyed success. One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact St Mirren possess masses of potential. It will be the same for Alan.
“When I left the club I hadn’t finished the job as circumstances dictated I would end up elsewhere. I’m sure Alan realises and will have looked at it that way.
“I would love him to finish the job I started and see the potential for St Mirren to grow and help re-establish themselves as a Premiership club.”
He added: “Given the success Alan has had as a manager with Hibs and the manner in which his have teams played I think this is as a good fit for St Mirren.
“Every manager when they are out of work wants an opportunity to get back into the game.
“For Alan, the St Mirren job is a good one to inherit at this moment. “He will be walking into a dressing room with a core group of players who are used to winning games which is a good thing.”
Sunderland have also confirmed pre-season fixtures against Darlington on Wednesday July 11 at Blackwell Meadows as well as a trip to Grimsby the following Tuesday (July 17).
In between the Darlington and Grimsby games there is a visit to Hartlepool on Saturday July 14 which sees Ross return to the club he spent time at as a player.