Jack Ross has reflected on his first year at Hibs that has included highs, lows, Sunderland reflection and the small matter of a health pandemic.
The former Sunderland boss took over on November 15, 2019 and managed his first match eight days later in a 3-1 victory over Motherwell.
Since then, the club have been to a Scottish Cup semi-final, had their 2019/20 season curtailed, are currently battling through a pandemic and now have a strong squad sitting fourth the in the Premiership.
It’s been a quick year but Ross says it is a part of his career that has been good for him: “I’m enjoying it. I think that every month that goes past I feel as if we are getting stronger and are in a better place.
“We have made progress so like any job it takes a little bit of time to feel completely at home but I certainly think that post lockdown in particular I feel as if I have settled into life properly at the club.
“I feel as if we have made some changes behind the scenes at the club that will help us move forward. You need to bring your own stamp to a side but you also have to remember a club’s identity.
“That’s something I am conscious of. Managing Hibs, in reputation and how they play, plus the demand to be successful. Marrying the two isn’t always easy but it’s what I have to do.”
There has been a period of inactivity in Ross’ reign. After a turbulent season and a bit at Sunderland, Ross was out the frying pan and into the fire at Easter Road.
But lockdown hit and forced him and the rest of the nation indoors for several months. He says that period was good for him to reflect on what had been and what was to come.
“It’s been a peculiar year,” explained Ross. “There was a chunk of that where I was relatively inactive so I suppose it has gone by quickly in that respect.
“At the time I was delighted to get back into management so quickly. In my profession you don’t know how long you could be out of a job. But the lockdown period came about and it was nice to reflect on the Sunderland job.
“I hadn’t really had that as the turnaround was relatively quick.
“From a personal point of view, when I came back in June, I felt a little more like myself and I’ve very much enjoyed the period since then.”