Jack Ross reckons that the experience he gained as Sunderland manager means he’ll be more likely to succeed at Hibernian.
The new Hibs boss said: “I'm a better manager than when I left Scotland 18 months ago. I know there will be big demands here. I think to carry that on a consistent basis and meet them is challenging. But I think you build up a belief and a resilience as a manager and I certainly feel the 18 months (at Sunderland) has helped me improve my ability to do that. Just by coincidence two very big jobs in Scotland were available at the same time. However, once the process of trying to become Hibs manager began in earnest I was very keen to point out to Leeann Dempster (chief executive and Graeme Mathie (sporting director) how eager I was to get the opportunity and I remained consistent in that throughout the whole process. I want to be here for a number of years. I'm not here to use it as a stepping-stone or a platform," he said. "I want to be a successful Hibs manager and hopefully be here long-term. My last job was at a club with a high-frequency change of manager and I think I was the longest-serving since Steve Bruce (Sunderland manager from 3 June 2009 until 30 November 2011) so I think I did OK in that respect. I could have been there for longer but certainly the ambition (at Hibs) is to be here for a long time. The challenge is having to win football matches, as a manager and a club. Supporters want that but there are demands at certain clubs for how you do it,” said Ross. “It's not like I'm not familiar with (Hibs), I've been here often enough as an opposition player, coach and manager. I've seen some really good sides so it's up to me to make sure I can provide a side that can satisfy the demands of the supporters."