John McCormick writes: In keeping with the character of this website, I’ve used a line from a quite well-known song in the headline. I’m sure M Salut will recognise it, as will Wrinkly Pete, which might give you some clue as to its age.
There’s no competition, so no mug, but if you think you know the artist(s) and title just pop in your answer as a comment. The non-mug will not be posted to the first person to get it right but she or he will have the satisfaction of being able to look (s)mug her/himself for a while.
The point of the headline, of course, is that the world’s worst-kept secret was out for a while before it became official.
Sunderland AFC have a new manager. Jack Ross, formerly of St Mirren, will shortly be arriving to take us on the next step the of voyage that is fandom. With him will be his assistant, James Fowler.
Here’s what Jack Ross had to say to the St Mirren fans, via the club’s website
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to so many people involved at St Mirren FC for the experiences of the past 20 months.
To my players and staff who have worked tirelessly to support the work we do and who have been relentless in their pursuit of success and their desire to drive the club forwards. To the chairman Gordon Scott and directors Alan Wardrop, Chris Stewart and David Nicol for their willingness and indeed patience to help meet my demands for excellence at the club, and to Chief Executive Tony Fitzpatrick and my guru Gavin Whyte for their incredible backing and unwavering faith in me.
To the fantastic support I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me, backing us in our hour of need and then joining us on the terrific journey of the past season and a half. I am immensely proud that I have helped to give you your club back and I have always said that your unwavering passion for your club was there long before me and will continue long after my time.
It has not been an easy decision to leave a club and a job which I loved but I have been offered an exciting career opportunity of which the challenge of I look forward to meeting.
The days at Easter Road last May, and the Saturday’s 21st and 28th April at our stadium and in the town will be memories I will always treasure and I wish all Buddies every future success.
And here’s an edited version of the SAFC webpage which reported it:
As a new era begins at Sunderland AFC, the club is delighted to welcome Jack Ross as its manager. The 41-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will be joined by assistant manager James Fowler at the Stadium of Light…
…Sunderland Chairman Stewart Donald said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured Jack as our new manager. Jack is excited to be a part of the future we are building here, and the fact he turned down lucrative offers from elsewhere, including clubs currently in a higher division than ourselves, is testament to his commitment and desire to succeed at this club and his belief in our vision for the future.
Photo of St Mirren statue posted on Wikipedia by Thomas Nugent