Job Security

Jack Ross met up with Sunderland’s prospective new owners this week, but he reckons he didn’t ask them if his job was safe! He explained: “Have I asked about my position? No, is the simple answer to that. I’ll be entirely truthful, I’ve had conversations with them, but I’ve never once asked about my own position. What will be will be in that sense. I believe I’m a good football manager, and I think I’ve proven that. I’ve got a win record, percentage wise, that stands up against a lot of people. I’m thorough in what I do. Will that always guarantee success and good results? No, of course it doesn’t, that’s the nature of the beast being involved in this job. Should somebody walk in tomorrow, become the new owners, and decide there’s a better manager out there, that’s fine. It’s no problem. I’ve survived in the past and I’m sure I’d work again. I know people might not believe me, but I don’t worry about that. I worry about doing my job right every day, I don’t worry about somebody deciding that something else would be better, that’s fine.”

Ross also believes that the work that Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven have done at Sunderland will probably not be fully appreciated until a later date. “Modern football is tough because a lot of big expectations are placed upon club owners. expectations to chase dreams and chase success in a very quick way can lend themselves to decisions being made that are perhaps incorrect. Maybe in the fullness of time, people might take a step back and look at what’s happened here in the last 15 or 16 months since Stewart took ownership, and maybe understand how important that has been for the club. It has stabilised the club and ensured it didn’t go in a wrong direction. If this (the takeover) does go ahead, people will maybe reflect on that and understand that he has played an important role in the club continuing to move forward in the right direction. I can’t speak for whoever might take charge of the club, but the conversations to date would suggest there will be a sustainable approach given to try to grow the club in the right way. I came to the club at a time where I could have gone elsewhere,” he added “One of the reasons to come to the club, not the only reason but definitely one of the factors, was that I liked Stewart from minute one. I get on with him really well from a personal point of view, taking away the side of being the chairman and me being the manager. I like him as a person, I think he likes me, and we get on well.”

Ross also discussed Aiden McGeady’s penalty miss on Tuesday night. “We obviously have players who will take penalties,” he said. “Aiden, really, is first choice penalty taker. He’s shown that throughout his career, he has an unbelievable record from penalty kicks, I think it’s 49 from 53 or something like that. I’ve always been reluctant [to have a designated taker] because if you have a player who is having a nightmare, has missed an open goal from two yards and picked up an injury from winning the penalty or whatever it might be, that can affect their ability to take it. So I’ve always been a bit more relaxed. I’ve not spoken to Aiden about it but I will do ahead of the weekend. Lynden has taken penalties since I’ve been at the club and has done well with them. [The miss] is one of those things that happens. There’s certainly no blame on Aiden’s part, he’s taken a lot of penalties in my time here and taken them really well. He has the temperament to take penalties and he has a proven record with them. I know Lynden has the ball [to begin with] but if you look closely there’s an understanding that Aiden will take it and Lynden understood that.”