‘There is not a lot you can do about it’: Jack Ross insists he is not worried about job security amid takeover talk as Sunderland prepare to face Charlton in League One play-off final
- Sunderland will meet Charlton in League One play-off final at Wembley
- The club may be subject to takeover bid as Stewart Donald seeks investment
- Boss Jack Ross is adamant he is not concerned about prospect of losing his job
Sunderland boss Jack Ross says he has ‘made his peace’ with the threat of him losing his job should owner Stewart Donald sell the club.
Donald has reiterated his commitment to the Black Cats in recent days after weeks of speculation that he could sell his stake just one year after taking over from Ellis Short.
But the future of the club’s ownership – and its manager – could well be determined by the outcome of Sunderland’s League One play-off final against Charlton Athletic.
Jack Ross insists he has made peace with the prospect of losing his job as Sunderland boss
Ross knows his position will come under scrutiny should they fail to win promotion, while going up is sure to intensify interest from potential buyers.
‘When the news first started to emerge about a possible takeover, you have a mixture of emotions,’ said Ross, whose side finished a disappointing fifth.
‘But then you learn to accept there is not a lot you can do about it. Either way, the outcome of a change of ownership, if there is one, I can’t affect that, all I can affect is football matches.
‘I probably made my peace with that a while ago, and that has helped me focus on my job.’
He added: ‘I have always been clear in my ambition to get the club promoted at the first time of asking. I had opportunities to manage in the Championship last season but wanted to come here.
‘So I want to continue to do that if we can be successful on Sunday. If we’re not successful, then the judgement on whether or not you’ve done a good job, the most important opinion is of the owner. They’ve always been very supportive but I’m also aware that football can change very quickly.’
Steve Clarke has been named Scotland boss and Ross admitted he would one day like the job
Ross will have to wait for his chance to manage Scotland. His name was discussed by the SFA before the appointment of first choice Steve Clarke this week, and the former Ross County boss said: ‘The ultimate for a manager is to manage your country. For me, that will always be an ambition and something I would like to achieve.
‘But, for the moment, I’ve enjoyed the last 12 months here. There is a lot of hard work ahead of me and hopefully I can stay in the job for as long as I can.’
Black Cats’ Lee Cattermole missed his penalty as Sunderland lost Checkatrade Trophy final
Ross backed his midfielder to score if he is called upon again in the League One play-off final
Sunderland were beaten on penalties by Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley in March.
Lee Cattermole was the fall guy in that shootout, but Ross is backing his midfielder to hit the back of the net if this tie goes the distance.
‘There are no magic words you can say to a player in those circumstances when you miss a penalty,’ said the manager.
‘They have to work through that themselves. Only Lee was in that position.. But he has sustained a long career and, to do that, you need to be mentally strong, so I never had any doubt he could handle it.
‘So if Lee wants to take a penalty, and he feels in the right place, then I have no doubt he would score.’
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