After back to back relegations, Sunderland commenced a huge overhaul at the club as a new manager and a new owner were installed at the club.
After a horrendous campaign last year, Stewart Donald took over the club in order to stop the Wearside club’s fall down the football leagues. One of the first things the new owner did on his arrival was to undertake a complete overhaul of not just the players but also the staff and brought in former St Mirren manager, Jack Ross.
After guiding the club to promotion Ross took a job that was going to be a pretty tough one for his first in English football.
Over the summer, Sunderland cleared out the deadwood with the likes of Wahbi Khazri, Jack Rodwell, Paddy McNair and Callum McManaman all leaving the club. In their stead, the Black cats signed some top quality signings in Luke O’Nien, Charlie Wyke and Max Power.
While some might argue that with so many new players joining the club, it might take time for the players to bed in, but Sunderland currently sit third and have only lost one game so far this season. Under Ross, the Black Cats have improved massively and look like they’ll be right in the hunt for the League One title.
Sunderland have played some great football going forward this season – something the fans haven’t seen for a while – and currently have scored the second highest amount of goals in the league, primarily down to academy graduate Josh Maja.
At the moment, Ross has to focus on getting the club back into the Championship but if he does this year, there’s no doubt that he’ll have improved his managerial stock. At the moment, there’s no chance that Ross could take the Rangers job, however, following Gerrard’s Rangers tenure, Ross could well have a chance of getting one of the best jobs in Scotland.
It’s still quite early to say but if Ross can follow up this season with one or two good years in England and hone his craft, he could certainly be considered for the Gers job. Rangers won’t fire Gerrard anytime soon but if the vacancy comes up in the future, Ross could definitely have a shout.