Black Cats’ style is just fantastic for Reece
ROSS’S MAN-MANAGEMENT ‘ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT’
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