When Jack Ross was appointed as Sunderland manager in the summer of 2018, the club would have had only one objective- get promoted.
The Black Cats had just suffered their second relegation in successive seasons and rapidly needed to change something. Therefore, Ross was a good appointment.
The 42-year-old had just come from Scottish outfit St Mirren where, in his first full season in charge of The Buddies, had a barnstorming year. He absolutely smashed the Scottish Championship and finished 12 points ahead of their nearest rivals Livingston. This earned the boss the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year and Scottish Championship Manager of the Year accolades.
Sunderland was the next step in his career, and earning another promotion would have surely caught the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the UK. However, while it has been a promising season, it may not be what the senior figures and fans wanted so far.
Sunderland currently sit in third place in the league, and are not in one of the automatic promotion positions. They are now without a win in their last three league games, and some fans will start to grow restless.
Unfortunately for Ross, he is with a club where the very minimum expected of him is to earn promotion. Consequently, there is a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders. If he earns promotion, then it is another step in his career path which may culminate in a job at some of Scotland’s giants. However, fail to earn promotion and his reputation is in tatters. He may struggle to keep hold of his job at the Stadium of Light, and suddenly his reputation that he has been building will start to crumble.
The pressure is surely on Ross this season, as more than many managers, he knows his career is heavily dependent on the outcome.
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