Newcastle United confirm shock appointment of former Sunderland manager

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The appointment will come as a surprise to Newcastle United fans given Jack Ross was once the manager of Sunderland.

Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of former Sunderland manager Jack Ross as the academy’s Head of Coach Development on a short-term basis.

Ross was appointed Black Cats boss in 2018 and during his first season guided the Wearsiders to the League One play-off final, but they lost 2-1 to Charlton Athletic.

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The former Hartlepool United defender was sacked midway through the following campaign before taking up the managerial role at Hibernian.

Former Sunderland manager Jack Ross. Former Sunderland manager Jack Ross.
Former Sunderland manager Jack Ross.

Ross last managed Dundee United where he lasted just seven games in charge - his final game being a 9-0 defeat to Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

Back in the game on Tyneside, Ross will work closely with Steve Harper, the club’s head of academy, and management team to provide support to the coaching structure and players from under-9s to under-16s age groups.

Ross’ arrival follows Neil Winskill’s deployment to a coaching role with the Magpies’ under-21 side alongside Ben Dawson.

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Harper said: “Jack is a very experienced manager, coach and coach educator. His knowledge and experience will be of huge benefit to us during his time here.”

Before taking charge at Sunderland, Ross enjoyed managerial spells in charge of Alloa Athletic and St Mirren. As a player, Ross played over 300 matches.

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