Sunderland should follow up Jack Ross appointment with Gavin Reilly swoop

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

League One club Sunderland are reportedly set to hire St Mirren boss Jack Ross as the new manager at the Stadium of Light.

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland have been linked with a number of successful League One managers such as Chris Wilder, Michael Appleton and Paul Cook since they were relegated from the Championship.

But it looks as if new owner Stuart Donald will instead put the club’s best interests in the hands of a 41-year-old who has never before coached in England.

According to the BBC, St Mirren have reluctantly given Jack Ross permission to speak to Sunderland about taking over the League One club after guiding the Buddies to the Scottish Championship title. St Mirren were bottom of the table when he took over 18 months ago, so Ross certainly has history when it comes to arresting a slide.

Sunderland fans celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

But, with his appointment looking likely, talk will soon turn to who he could look to bring in. Will Ross be tempted to look at his former club for bargains?

The likes of Gavin Reilly, who scored 22 goals in all competitions last season from just 44 games, could be an astute addition.

Gavin Reilly of Hearts in action during a pre season friendly match between Heart of Midlothian and Everton FC at Tynecastle Stadium on July 26, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The 25-year-old striker arrived at St Mirren following a disappointing spell in the top flight with Hearts, for whom he scored just four times in 32 games. But Reilly, like so many other players in Ross’s squad, found the best form of his career under the highly-rated young tactician as St Mirren cruised to the title.

Donald says that the previously cash-strapped Sunderland will be given a transfer budget many Championship clubs would be jealous of. But Ross should still give some thought to those loyal players, like Reilly, who helped him get his big break.

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