Jack Ross left the Black Cats at the start of October with Phil Parkinson taking over at the League One club.

Former Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has admitted that he was disappointed to see Jack Ross lose his position at the League One giants, telling Football Oranje that the Scot was doing a ‘fantastic job’ on Wearside.

There will be few Sunderland fans who share Cattermole’ viewpoint. The general consensus outside the Stadium of Light was that Ross had reached the end of his journey with the Black Cats falling eight points adrift at the top of the table before he was handed his P45 following a 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City.

But the former St Mirren boss was still popular inside the club and the dressing room with Cattermole, who left to sign for Dutch outfit VVV Venlo over the summer, believing that Sunderland probably should have kept the faith in a coach who led them to Wembley twice last season.

“I’m following them every week, I’m following the results because it’s a team which I’ve given so much time to,” said the 31-year-old. “I’m really disappointed for Jack Ross because he was doing a fantastic job there.

“But Sunderland’s goal is to go an get promoted this year and hopefully they can do that.”

Things haven’t exactly turned around dramatically since former Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson was chosen as Ross’s successor.

A 5-0 thrashing of Tranmere Rovers, the club’s biggest win in 12 years, looks like something of a false dawn on the back of successive defeats to Shrewsbury Town and Oxford United in league and cup.

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