New Sunderland manager Jack Ross has admitted that he was unsure whether to move to the Stadium of Light this summer given the other offers he had on the table.
The 42-year old was in-demand after a terrific season at St. Mirren that saw him lead the side to promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
Ross had an offer from them to stay on in the top-flight and was also approached by Championship Ipswich Town who had a vacancy at the time.
And, he admitted it was a big decision to turn both down to go to League One but highlighted the potential that the Black Cats have as the reason behind moving to the north east.
“To drop to League One as opposed to testing myself in the Championship was something I had to consider. But there is probably no glass ceiling in this job in terms of where it can possibly go in the future,” he told the BBC.
“The club in terms of what it has at its disposal is huge.”
It was a real coup for Sunderland to attract Ross because as he says, he had offers from the Championship and managing in the Scottish Premiership would’ve appealed.
However, even in League One the Black Cats are an attractive option because of the size of the club.
And, Ross made the decision thinking long-term and now it’s down to him to prove that was the right call by taking the club back to the second tier at the first time of asking.
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