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St Mirren manager Ross 'reluctantly' allowed to talk to Sunderland

Jack Ross, with the St Mirren team. Credit: PA Images

St Mirren have confirmed they have been contacted by Sunderland about their manager, Jack Ross.

The Ladbrokes Championship title winners aded that they had "reluctantly" allowed the Black Cats to discuss Mr Ross filling the club's vacant manager position.

A statement read:

St Mirren Football Club can confirm we received an approach from Sunderland AFC this afternoon 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 manager's position.

– St Mirren FC

New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald said earlier today that he hopes to appoint the club's new manager soon.

This morning, the former Eastleigh chairman revealed he has agreed terms with Chris Coleman's replacement and hopes to be able to make an announcement by the end of the day.

On the manager front, we have agreed literally this morning, so we are just drawing up contracts with the man we want. I am expecting there to be news on that very soon.

We've agreed terms and literally the contracts are with the lawyers. The man in question is absolutely thrilled, which is what we want, and I'm absolutely delighted that he's coming, so that's exciting for us.

I'm hoping that by the end of the day, we can reveal that.

– Stewart Donald

Pushed on the identity of the man he wants to put into the Stadium of Light hot seat, Donald declined to name names, but ruled out a return for either Coleman or former boss Mick McCarthy, and also confirmed it was not Frank Lampard, Neil Lennon, Kevin Phillips or Alan Pardew.

St Mirren boss Jack Ross has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite in recent days with Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst also figuring prominently in the betting.

The Buddies insist though that they have had no contact from the Black Cats regarding Ross.

Saints chairman Gordon Scott said

I've just heard these claims reported on talkSPORT.

There has been no contact from Sunderland with us and Jack is on holiday so unless there is some major skulduggery going on then it's nonsense.

To hold talks with Jack, we would have to grant permission, as has been the case with Ipswich and Barnsley recently. But we've had no contact from Sunderland at all.

– Gordon Scott, St Mirren

The club though later said there had been contact from Sunderland.