Jordan Willis has revealed that manager Jack Ross played a key role in luring him to Sunderland this summer. The 24-year-old’s deal with Coventry City expired at the end of the previous season and he had been offered the chance to head to the Championship with either Bristol City or newly-promoted Luton Town.
However, he turned down advances from both sides to stay in League One with the Black Cats and he holds no regrets over the same. Speaking to reporters, Willis said that the stature of the club and the plans of Ross were beneficial in convincing him to join the Wearside outfit this summer, he told: “There’s many reasons – the stature of this club, to play in front of this many fans week in, week out, I couldn’t turn it down. Then the manager and the coaching staff, they made the point to me that they progress players and that’s what I wanted.
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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has indicated that he is focused on the job at hand with Sunderland amid the recent speculation linking him with the Scotland managerial role. Scotland recently axed Alex McLeish from the head coach position after a disappointing start to the Euro 2020 qualifiers and Ross has been identified as one of the prime options for the vacancy.
Speaking in a press conference, Ross indicated that there will be plenty of speculation through the course of a season and he remains unperturbed over the same. He added that he has not even thought regarding the vacancy available and he is focused on club’s weekend league clash against promotion rivals Portsmouth.
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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has spoken about the character and desire of the Black Cats squad after they came from behind to register a 2-1 win over Rochdale on the road. An Ian Henderson goal handed an early advantage for struggling Rochdale but the Black Cats managed to make a terrific second half comeback with Charlie Wyke and substitute George Honeyman finding the scoresheet.
Speaking after the game, the Black Cats boss was impressed with the team’s ability from losing situations on a number of occasions this term, he said: “I’ve commented on it before even when it hasn’t resulted in a win, because there have been different challenges for us at times, but today was another one – to come from a goal behind on the back of the week we have had, and to keep pushing and pushing and pushing, takes guts and hunger to go and do it.
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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has revealed that there are several players that are doubtful for the game against Gillingham. He said that Duncan Watmore, as well as Kaz Sterling, are among several players that can be missing the match.
Duncan Watmore has only been back just recently after spending two years away due to injury. He was outstanding in the game against Blackpool and Jack Ross was hoping that he could get a sustained run into the team.
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Experienced midfielder Grant Leadbitter has returned to boyhood club Sunderland after ending his six-and-a-half association with Middlesbrough. The 33-year-old has been essential towards Boro’s success in the past few seasons but he has taken up the challenge after finding first-team chances hard to come by.
Still, the veteran had the choice to make the switch to another Championship-based club but he accepted the advances from the Black Cats after previously making 123 appearances for them between 2003 and 2009. Shortly after the transfer was complete, Black Cats boss Jack Ross said that the move was not made for sentimental reasons, given the players could have quite easily prolonged his career in the Championship.
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Sunderland midfielder Dylan McGeouch has revealed his ambition of taking the Black Cats back into the Premier League during his time at the club. The 25-year-old joined the Wearside outfit on a free transfer from Hibernian after his contract expired during the summer and he has since featured in seven league games for Jack Ross’ men.
Speaking to The Sun, the midfielder highlighted the desire to progress with the Black Cats and hopefully one day, they can return to the English top-flight, he said: “We want to take Sunderland back to the Premier League and the level we should be. I want to help be a part of that.I was at the good times with Hibs and I want more here.”
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