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Jack Ross is the new Sunderland manager

Jack Ross, the new Sunderland manager. Credit: PA Images

Sunderland have confirmed that Jack Ross is the club's new manager.

The 41-year-old, who was in charge at Scottish club St Mirren, has signed a two-year deal with the Black Cats. His assistant manager will be James Fowler.

He replaces Chris Coleman, who left last month.

Ross is the reigning Scottish Championship Manager of the Year and PFA Scotland Manager of the Year.

Under him, St Mirren won the Scottish Championship title in 2017-18.

Club chairman, Stewart Donald, said:

We are absolutely delighted to have secured Jack as our new manager. 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.

He joins us following an excellent start to his managerial career, including a memorable 2017-18 campaign with St Mirren, and was deeply impressive throughout the recruitment process. We have acted swiftly and the hard work now continues in earnest as we look towards the ultimate goal of getting Sunderland AFC back to where it should be.

– Stewart Donald, Sunderland chairman

Mr Ross added:

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, Sunderland manager
New Sunderland manager Jack Ross (left) with assistant manager James Fowler. Credit: PA Images

His playing career included time with Clyde, Hartlepool, Falkirk and St Mirren. He moved into coaching as assistant manager at Dumbarton prior to a spell at Hearts.

He took charge of Alloa Athletic in December 2015, before leaving for St Mirren.

There have been other changes behind the scenes at Sunderland.

Academy manager Jim Sinclair hashe is going to retire. The head of recruitment has also left the club, along with the director of change and the head of marketing. Several other staff are also set to leave.

Tony Davison has joined from Tottenham Hotspur in the new position of managing director.