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Jack Ross reveals why he took on the job as Sunderland manager

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Jack Ross has lifted the lid on why he took on the job as the new Sunderland manager.

The 41-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Black Cats after compensation was agreed for him to move to the Stadium of Light from St Mirren.

Ross will be joined by assistant manager James Fowler at Sunderland, who have been looking for a replacement for Chris Coleman since he left at the end of April following the club's relegation to League One.

But Ross has explained why Sunderland - and Stewart Donald’s vision for the club - was simply too good to turn down:

It’s alright having potential, but you have to find a way of exploiting it and maximising it, and that’s part of the reason why I’m so excited to take the job.

Over the past year and a half I’ve had opportunities to move to other clubs, but this one was so fantastically timed for me because of the opportunity to rebuild and regain that momentum.

I back myself to do it, and I’m excited for the challenge.

I loved the job I was doing and I was very happy in it because we’d had good success and we were looking forward to the challenge of next season, but when Sunderland are mentioned - even before you know any details – you’re attracted to the potential and the size of the club.

But the timing of it, with Stewart’s new ownership and the way he’s described his plans for the club, as well as his eagerness for me to be involved in all of that, was appealing for me and they are all huge factors.

I feel I’ve always been fairly pragmatic about the choices I’ve made career-wise, and for me this a really good fit.

Time will be the proof in that, but I’m very confident.

– Jack Ross, Sunderland manager

The former Hartlepool United defender is tasked with leading the club back to the Championship after the club's two successive relegations.