Sunderland may well be third in the table and having a good season, but they have had to overcome a few problems along the way and Jack Ross, with his calmness, has overcome many of them.
Josh Maja leaving, struggled both attacking and defending set pieces, rarely scored over one goal in games, Will Grigg struggled at first – they are over all of these issues.
The reason for this is Jack Ross’ managerial style, arguably.
The relatively young coach was brought in to Sunderland to much praise, but the failure to put games to bed saw a few (non-Sunderland fans) criticise him.
He approached the January transfer window with calmness, and despite losing his best player in Josh Maja, he never panicked and Sunderland continued to get results.
The Black Cats are third going into the final run of games, with a game in hand on Daniel Stendel’s Barnsley side ahead of them.
While Sunderland have struggled to turn draws into wins, Ross has made his side extremely hard to beat.
Sunderland have lost just two games all season, which is outstanding. If they can start turning draws into wins more regularly, they will almost certainly be promoted.
In a footballing culture where managers seem to have no time, many panic and make rash decisions – i.e. changing formations or dropping key men.
Ross is an exemption to this, as he remains calm and collected as Sunderland look for promotion.
The way he has dealt with many situations is exemplar and could be crucial as Sunderland continue to fight.