St. Mirren manager Jack Ross has been awarded the Ladbrokes Scottish Championship Manager of the Month for January – for the second month in a row.
The Paisley boss has guided his side from the brink of League One to the brink of the Scottish Premiership in the last 12 months without changing his ways and he does not intend to now – because his players have bought into his methods.
He said: “What I have probably had here is a group that I have worked in the main with over the last year. Obviously we have had some changes in personnel but a good core of them have been there. So the good thing is there has been a consistency in our approach. When we were bottom of the league and now were top of league we do the same things. I think the players trust in that method of working. So in this period it’s probably reassuring for me as a manager that they won’t look to do any different and they know I won’t do anything different.”
In a very busy transfer window last January, one of Jack Ross’ first moves was to re-sign his former St. Mirren teammate Stephen McGinn – who also won Ladbrokes Scottish Championship Player of the Month and you will be able to hear from tomorrow – and immediately installed him as skipper.
Ross says that no one could have dealt with the responsibility of the armband better than McGinn and believes the 29 year old’s decision to come back was testament to his desire for the club because he had other offers at the time.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him as a player and as a person. When I brought him back to the club it was a big decision for him to come back north and to a team bottom of the Championship, he did not need to do that. To then dump the captaincy on him because he had never been a captain at another club. So that was another challenge for him and then obviously the position we were in. So his performance level in that period has been terrific. In terms of his abilities on the park but also how he has handled the pressures and responsibilities. I’m sure he would admit that it hasn’t always been easy. He has undoubtedly played a massive part in our progress” said the Buddies’ boss.