Hibernian: Jack Ross on verge of being new head coach

By Brian McLauchlin & Richard WintonBBC Scotland
Jack Ross
Jack Ross was sacked with Sunderland sixth in England's League One

Hibernian are on the verge of appointing former Sunderland manager Jack Ross as their head coach.

The 43-year-old has been in talks with the Easter Road board over the past few days and a deal for him to succeed Paul Heckingbottom is close to being agreed.

Former Alloa Athletic and St Mirren boss Ross was sacked by the English League One club Sunderland in October.

Hibs, eighth in the Scottish Premiership, sacked Heckingbottom after a disappointed start to the season.

Eddie May and Steven Whittaker took caretaker charge of Saturday's 4-1 defeat of St Johnstone as they ended a run of six games without a win in their first game since Heckingbottom's departure.

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy was among those linked with the role at Easter Road, while former Liverpool and Australia forward Harry Kewell said it was an "option" after he watched Hibs' win in Perth.

But Ross could be in the home dugout for the visit of Motherwell on 23 November and John Potter is to leave his post as first team coach at Sunderland to join him.

Having ended his playing career with Dunfermline Athletic, Ross was assistant manager at Dumbarton before joining Hearts' coaching staff.

The former defender joined Alloa in December 2015 and, although he was unable to save them from relegation, he led them to a club record 10-game winning streak.

However, with his part-time side sitting second in Scottish League One, Ross was persuaded to return to St Mirren, where he spent two seasons as a player.

He pulled the Paisley side clear of relegation trouble, then led them to the Championship title and promotion the following season.

At the end of that campaign, and with Ross having previously rejected overtures from Dundee and Barnsley, Ipswich Town and Sunderland were given permission by St Mirren to speak to their manager.

He signed a two-year contract with the Black Cats and led his side to the League One play-offs, but they lost in the final to Charlton Athletic and were sixth in the table when he was dismissed this season.

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