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Few coaches in Scottish football seem to attract the kind of attention St Mirren’s Jack Ross gets at the moment. The 41-year-old manager from Falkirk has been earmarked as a potential talent by eagle-eyed followers of the Scottish game since his time at Dumbarton and Alloa, yet most of us became aware of him when he made his name in Paisley.
Taking over from Alex Rae, Ross has not only turned St Mirren into a force to be reckoned with in the Championship, but also one of the most exciting, attacking football sides in all of the SPFL.
There are plenty of coaches in Scottish football that can grind out results while putting entertainment to one side – Tommy Wright, Derek McInnes, etc. – and they deserve their credit, but what Ross is doing with the Buddies seems to be truly quite special.
Naturally, it has earned him some notable admirers. Ross has long been linked with the post at Pittodrie, apparently earmarked as a long-term replacement for McInnes should the Aberdeen manager move on to pastures new. However, after turning down both Sunderland and Rangers, such a move now seems unlikely.
Recently Ross has found himself linked to Championship side Barnsley, which may prove too enticing for the ambitious coach. However, if he were to stay at St Mirren there’s no doubt he and his gung-ho side would be battling among the best in the Scottish Premiership before too long.
Today, we’re happy to kick off our Talking Tactics series with a two-part interview, diving in to what makes Ross the manager that he is and how he specifically goes about his day as a coach at St Mirren.
In the first part of our interview, Ross discusses his style of football, how he trained and coached St Mirren in to playing the attacking football they’re now famous for playing and how he managed to make it work in the rough and tumble world of Scottish football.
In the second half of our chat with the St Mirren boss, Ross explains how he managed to turn things around at the Paisley side. With a huge turnover of players and some smart tactics in the transfer window, the young coach quickly rebuilt his team from the ground up and is even now preparing them for life in the Scottish Premiership, with tougher tests to come.
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