Five years ago, Jack Ross took his Championship St Mirren team to Celtic Park for a Scottish Cup tie and impressed everyone. Brendan Rodgers thought they were the best domestic team to play there all season. I thought he was a manager for the future.
Within weeks of leading St Mirren to promotion, he moved to the disaster zone that was Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Sunderland had just experienced the CEO magic of former Rangers chief, Martin Bain, and had been relegated for the second successive season. He took them to the League One play-off final but having sold their star striker and with Aiden McGeady carrying an injury, they lost. He was sacked a few months into the new season, again in a play-off spot.
Of all the bizarre sackings in football, Ross’ losing his job at Hibs, shortly before they were due to play Celtic in last season’s League Cup Final is up there. Hibs then became the disaster zone club. He should have been a good fit at Dundee United, but after losing 7 to AZ Alkmaar, 9 to Celtic, and worse, 3 to St Mirren, he was sacked this morning.
It took less than 4 weeks to go from the height of taking a first leg lead against AZ, to the loss of the next five games, scoring once and conceding 24. Earlier this month, we discussed, “[United’s] smallest loss in the last three years was £2.52m, their highest turnover in that time was £3.9m. Football comes at you quick with losses like that. This will not end well.”