‘Views of other man­agers will not rat­tle me’

The Chronicle - - Sport -

JACK Ross in­sists he does not get “up­tight” about op­pos­ing man­agers pass­ing judge­ment on Sun­der­land as the big fish in League One.

But he in­sists the scale of the chal­lenge he in­her­ited on Wear­side should not be over­looked ei­ther.

In the wake of Sun­der­land’s 2-0 win at Ply­mouth last week­end, Ar­gyle boss Derek Adams’s post­match com­ments amused and in­fu­ri­ated Black Cats fans in equal mea­sure.

Ac­cord­ing to Adams, Ply­mouth were the bet­ter team and had dou­ble the num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties at goal that Sun­der­land had, and the Black Cats were awarded a “soft” penalty while his own side’s stronger claims had been turned down.

He felt his goal­keeper had not made a save and played “with his hands be­hind his back”, while Sun­der­land owed their win to keeper Jon McLaugh­lin’s man-ofthe-match per­for­mance.

And he said Sun­der­land had to “be care­ful” be­cause they wouldn’t “get it all their own way this sea­son,” and re­ferred to the size of the bud­get avail­able to Ross com­pared with that of Ar­gyle.

Ross’s post-match view was some­what dif­fer­ent and of­fered a truer re­flec­tion of the match, but a week on he shrugged off Adams’s com­ments.

“Ev­ery man­ager has their own ap­proach to how they an­a­lyse games.

“I’m not say­ing mine is right and oth­ers’ are wrong, but I felt that we put on a pretty de­cent per­for­mance at Ply­mouth and de­served to win,” said Ross.

“I’ve watched the game again since then and my opin­ion hasn’t changed.

“Ev­ery man­ager will have their own view but it takes more than that to rat­tle me.”

Sun­der­land will cer­tainly have the big­gest wage bill in the divi­sion this sea­son, but not by choice they spent the sum­mer try­ing to move on most of their high­est earn­ers. Af­ter back-to-back rel­e­ga­tions, the club had very lit­tle money avail­able to re­build the squad, some­thing Ross al­luded to when he spoke of the chal­lenges he faced af­ter tak­ing over in the sum­mer.

He said: “I gen­uinely don’t get too up­tight about what other man­agers think of us be­cause I read a lot pre-match about bud­gets.

“Ev­ery sin­gle man­ager out there has their own unique chal­lenges. I had one hell of a unique one here in the sum­mer!

“But we’ve dealt with it.”

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