Ex-Hearts coach Jack Ross is new boss at Alloa

Jack Ross left his role as Under-20s coach at Hearts in October
Jack Ross left his role as Under-20s coach at Hearts in October
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Jack Ross has admitted he was “bruised” by his departure from Hearts – but is now fully focused on his new role as manager of Alloa Athletic.

The 39-year-old was appointed by the Ladbrokes Championship’s bottom club yesterday following the resignation of Danny Lennon.

Ross, previously assistant manager at Dumbarton, joined Hearts as under-20s coach in the summer of 2014 before leaving Tynecastle suddenly in October.

The Evening News revealed back then how Ross was ‘taking time to consider his future’ before his departure was confirmed just days later.

“Bruised” is the word he used to describe how he felt when he left Gorgie after little over a year, a role he combined with first-team responsibilities as one of head coach Robbie Neilson’s assistants.

“It was ... different,” said Ross, choosing his words carefully when being unveiled at the Indodrill Stadium.

“If you believe you are doing your job properly and well then, in the fullness, of time you will be okay.

“I have always backed myself to work, not necessarily in football. I have never felt as though the game owes me a living.

“I have been hugely fortunate to have a career in it, and without being a superstar I have done okay.

“You accept [blows] as part of life. I had enough faith in myself.

“My ambitions to work with senior players is what was always driving me. I’m lucky I’m going to get the chance to do that again after enjoying doing that at Dumbarton.

“The experience (at Hearts) definitely strengthened my abilities as a coach.”

Alloa ended a run of eight consecutive defeats when they won 1-0 at Livingston on Saturday under caretaker boss Paddy Connolly, a result which cut the gap at the bottom of the table to three points.