Report: Struggling club could approach Sunderland's Jack Ross to replace ex-Mackems target

A general view of Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland FC during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Fleetwood Town at Stadium of Light on September 8, 2018 in Sunderland,...

Ross is said to be under fire at Sunderland, but has admirers at Hibernian.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Sunderland and Portsmouth at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 11th May 2019.

The Sunderland manager Jack Ross could be offered the Hibernian job, according to The Sun on Sunday (September 29, page 61).

Hibs are struggling under the current boss Paul Heckingbottom, who Sunderland fans will remember as not only a former Mackems player, but one of the options their side pursued after sacking Simon Grayson two years ago.

But the Yorkshireman could get a stay of execution after yesterday (Saturday) lunchtime's 1-1 draw against Celtic, despite his side being second-from-bottom in the Scottish Premiership standings.

 

Sunderland have enjoyed a contrasting start under Ross and climbed to fifth with a 2-1 win against Milton Keynes Dons later yesterday afternoon.

But he is nevertheless under fire, according to The Sun on Sunday.

And the newspaper claims that Ross is admired in Edinburgh, where he previously worked as a coach for Hibernian's rivals Hearts, and has strong allies at Easter Road.

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

That could affect any Sunderland plan to dismiss the man they hired from St Mirren last summer, knowing that they would be compensated for his departure - as opposed to having to compensate him. 

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