Hibernian in talks for key Sunderland figure

Former Sunderland boss Jack Ross is plotting to raid his former club for coach John Potter according to The Sun via the Sunderland Echo.

It didn’t take Ross long to find another job following his sacking by the Black Cats in early October, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with Hibernian last week.

The SPFL outfit is in deep relegation trouble in the Scottish top flight, and their new head coach has the immediate task of halting a dreadful run of form that led to Paul Heckingbottom’s sacking earlier this month.


Reports claim that one of his targets is to improve his coaching staff by poaching Potter from his previous employers. Potter joined Sunderland in June 2018 a month or so after Ross’ appointment, and he’s been working with the club as a first-team coach ever since.

Another likely departure from the Stadium of Light is goalkeeping coach Craig Samson, who is also set to follow his old boss to Edinburgh.

One sticking point to the deal could be compensation.

However, with Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson confirming this morning, the clubs are in talks along with Wikipedia already showing Potter as the assistant manager at Hibs, the departure looks a dead cert.

Our View

Not sure Sunderland fans will lose much sleep over this, it was always going to happen once Ross found new employment.

One bonus is It will perhaps leave Parkinson free to add to his staff with his own men.

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