Jack Ross admits it will be good to operate at Hibs without the Netflix cameras following him like they did at Sunderland.
Ross will kick off his tenure at Hibs against Motherwell this weekend after a stint at the Black Cats. It’s a fresh start for the ex-St Mirren boss and he’s glad to be leaving one thing behind him.
Netflix filmed a follow-up to their successful series “Sunderland ‘Til I Die,” series last term, which Ross was heavily involved with. He’s glad that the cameras won’t be with him at every turn.
He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “There’s always some push and shove. Ideally, they wanted access to more than I was willing to give them and, as a caveat to that, I had to give up some of my own time for interviews and have camera crews in my car coming home from work. It’s very different.
“The people involved in the production crew were very nice. It it was just about explaining to them at times that it was nothing personal. It was about me trying to get on with my job as best as I could, while they were trying to make a television programme.
“If there’s a camera crew present then maybe the players wonder if you believe what you are saying or whether it’s for effect. I was very consistent in the access I allowed.”
Ross doesn’t want to look back on Sunderland series
His first season at Sunderland came to a bitter end with a League One play-off final defeat. That, plus a mixed start to this season, ended his Stadium of Light reign.
Ross has been quite open in his dislike of being followed by the Netflix series on a consistent basis. He has said that whilst it does look very good, it’ll make for some uncomfortable personal viewing.
A new challenge awaits him in Leith now. Hibs have lofty ambitions and it will be Ross’ job to drive them towards the European spaces. The Hibees are currently two points off the top six with a game to spare.
It begins this weekend and he’ll be glad that Netflix won’t be by his side.