Har­ford im­pressed with Ross’ Cats job

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Mick Har­ford has heaped praise on the job be­ing done by Jack Ross at pro­mo­tion ri­vals Sun­der­land, given the sit­u­a­tion he in­her­ited in the sum­mer.

Sun­der­land had suf­fered suc­ces­sive rel­e­ga­tions and the squad needed a ma­jor over­haul in or­der to stand a chance of bounc­ing back at the first at­tempt.

With the re­cruit­ment help of Tony Co­ton and new owner Ste­wart Don­ald Sun­der­land are well placed, de­spite be­ing held to a 1-1 draw by Lu­ton Town.

Har­ford was in care­taker charge of Lu­ton for the top-of-the-ta­ble clash fol­low­ing Nathan Jones’ move to Stoke City.

A boy­hood Sun­der­land fan, Har­ford also rep­re­sented his home­town club for a brief spell in 1993 dur­ing an il­lus­tri­ous play­ing ca­reer.

Har­ford said: “I have a lot of ad­mi­ra­tion for Jack Ross, he has built a good team in a short space of time.

“He has them gal­vanised, has some real good play­ers and he has re­cruited very well along­side my best mate Tony Co­ton, head of re­cruit­ment at Sun­der­land

“Jack is do­ing a great job. Sun­der­land fans want to see an at­trac­tive team, peo­ple who have a go and work hard, I am a Sun­der­land fan.

“If the play­ers don’t work hard then the fans won’t turn up, you saw there was al­most 40,000 fans here for a League One game which tells you.

“Is he do­ing a good job? Ab­so­lutely, yeah, and in a short space of time be­cause he had a lot of s*** to sort out, re­ally! As we all know.”

Har­ford paid an emo­tional trib­ute to his play­ers and the fans fol­low­ing a ‘whirl­wind’ cou­ple of days. Har­ford added: “I haven’t been in man­age­ment for 12 years so it is a bit alien to me but once the game kicked off the play­ers made me feel com­fort­able the way they went about their jobs. The play­ers were ex­cel­lent.”

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