Jack Ross has revealed he took the advice of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer, as he looked to put together his squad for this season’s League One campaign.
Ross managed north of the border last season, guiding St Mirren back to the top flight after starting out at Alloa Athletic.
When it came to bringing in players, he wanted the advice of perhaps the best-known manager in Scotland.
The player in question was Jerome Sinclair, the Watford forward currently on loan at the Stadium of Light. Ross knew that when the youngster broke through at Liverpool, Rodgers was his boss.
“I spoke to Brendan Rodgers at length about him because it was Brendan who gave him his debut at Liverpool,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “The way he spoke about him as a person and a character convinced me that he’d be a good fit here. He’s a really nice young man, bright, intelligent. He really enjoys being here.”
Sinclair has appeared just twice for Sunderland as he battles to find fitness, coming on against Charlton on the opening day before withdrawing with injury. He recently returned to action as they drew 0-0 with Stoke City’s U23 side in the EFL Trophy.
Ross is an astute man and to think he wouldn’t have taken advice would have been far more surprising.
He does need Sinclair back and firing though, the same goes for Charlie Wyke. To think that they’re fourth without their main goal threat is a frightening prospect for the rest of the division.