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Ross insists he’s settled and content at Hibernian

The head coach is looking forward to a long stay at Easter Road.

Ross insists he’s settled and content at Hibernian SNS Group

Hibernian boss Jack Ross says he’s content professionally and personally at Easter Road – and has no plans on going anywhere soon.

Hibs are flying high in the Premiership under Ross and that’s not gone unnoticed by those in charge of recruitment at the club, with sporting director Graeme Mathie saying this week that there are contingency plans in place if the manager was to leave.

Those comments were prompted by a report that Hibs were aware that”the Celtic board are long-time admirers of Ross”.

The manager was quick to play down any talk of an imminent departure, instead stressing that he is happy where he is.

“I’m not planning on going anywhere soon,” said Ross. “If Graeme is saying that then he’s just doing his job properly.

“From my point of view I’m very much enjoying the job and very happy where I’m at right now.

“I don’t think you’ll be surprised that I won’t be commenting on (the Celtic rumours) at all because someone is in that job. It is one of the biggest jobs in British football so it’s not for me (to comment), it’s about my concentration on doing my job here as well as I can.

“I do feel as though since I came back in the summer that it’s been a really good fit. I really enjoy the club and the progress we’ve made so far. It’s now about trying to push us as hard and as far as I can.”

Ross began his managerial career in 2015 is already at his fourth club. Te former defender has packed a lot of experience into that time but says he wants to reap the benefits of a long spell in the one place and remaining settled as he works to improve the team.

He said: “Football management is my chosen line of work and it’s something I want to be the best I can be at every single day.

“In 2016 I was still managing Alloa and by 2018 I was managing Sunderland, so it’s been quite a dramatic change in a short period of time.

“I had to cram a lot of learning into that couple of years. I feel as though I’m still doing that and I don’t think it will ever end.

“It’s always attractive, the idea of staying one place for a prolonged period of time.

“It isn’t that often now that there is time afforded to managers.

“The clamour for change and the turnover of managers is far greater than it’s ever been in the past so that’s a factor.

“But I’m happy at the moment and that’s a big thing, not just in your professional life but also your personal life.

“I do feel that with the ownership here, I’ve got a good relationship with Ron Gordon and his plans for the club and where I feel I can push us are in alignment.

“You can never say for certain as this is such an unpredictable profession but certainly at the moment there is a lot of contentment to where I’m at both professionally and personally.”