Jack Ross has been appointed Sunderland’s new manager on a two-year deal.
The 41-year-old former St Mirren boss and Hearts Under-20s coach – the PFA Scotland manager of the year last season – will be joined at the Stadium of Light by assistant manager James Fowler.
Chairman Stewart Donald said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured Jack as our new manager.
“Jack is excited to be a part of the future we are building here, and the fact he turned down lucrative offers from elsewhere, including clubs currently in a higher division than ourselves, is testament to his commitment and desire to succeed at this club and his belief in our vision for the future.
“He joins us following an excellent start to his managerial career, including a memorable 2017-18 campaign with St Mirren, and was deeply impressive throughout the recruitment process. We have acted swiftly and the hard work now continues in earnest as we look towards the ultimate goal of getting Sunderland AFC back to where it should be.”
Ross, who had been offered a new deal by the Saints after leading them to the Championship title last term, cannot wait to get to work on Wearside.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take charge of an incredible football club. If you look at the history, the facilities and, most important of all, the fan-base, you can see what this club can be. To be part of the team to help realise that potential is something that fills me with excitement.
“From the moment I spoke to Stewart and (director) Charlie (Methven), their energy and enthusiasm was evident and I share in that. There’s a lot of work to be done in re-shaping the squad to ensure that we hit the ground running in League One, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Former Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is among the candidates to replace Ross at St Mirren.