Black Cats’ style is just fan­tas­tic for Reece


The Chronicle - - Safc - By JAMES HUNTER Sun­der­land AFC Writer james.hunter@reach­ @jhun­terchron

REECE James says the style of foot­ball which Jack Ross is en­cour­ag­ing at Sun­der­land suits him down to the ground.

New Black Cats man­ager Ross is re­build­ing the squad he in­her­ited, and part of that process in­volves bring­ing in play­ers ca­pa­ble of play­ing the kind of foot­ball he wants to in­stil on Wear­side.

For­mer Wi­gan full-back James is one of six sum­mer sign­ings, five of which made their first ap­pear­ances in Tues­day’s open­ing pre-sea­son friendly at Dar­ling­ton.

And James - who started his ca­reer in the youth sys­tem at Manch­ester United - is con­fi­dent that Ross’ style will play to his strengths.

“Jack Ross has been re­ally good, ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic,” said the 24-year-old.

“I think ev­ery­one’s said the ex­act same thing. Every­thing we’ve done has been com­plete foot­ball, he’s got his mes­sage across well and I think ev­ery­one’s buy­ing into what he’s do­ing. The style of foot­ball he wants us to play, he wants us to try and get the ball down, to try to play and play the ball out from the back.

“Any player, es­pe­cially one who’s come through an academy like Manch­ester United’s as I have, wants to do that.

“We don’t want to be get­ting it at our feet and just look­ing long every time.

“That’s the mes­sage the man­ager wants to get across to us all.”

Ross is also work­ing to de­velop a strong sense of team spirit which stand in con­trast to the down­beat at­mos­phere that had taken hold in re­cent sea­sons when dis­rup­tive in­flu­ences in the dress­ing room un­der­mined the ef­forts of suc­ces­sive man­agers.

James added: “So far his man-man­age­ment has been ab­so­lutely bril­liant.

“He’s been so ap­proach­able and the mes­sage he wants to get across to the play­ers has been bril­liant.”

Reece James in ac­tion for Sun­der­land against Dar­ling­ton

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