St Mirren manager Jack Ross insisted he never feared the sack at Saints, despite a rocky start to life in Paisley.

The 41-year-old picked up the manager of the month award for December after winning four games out of five in the league as they went into 2018 at the top of the table.

But life wasn’t always so rosy for Ross at Saints, where he lost the first six league games, and things looked bleak last year, with St Mirren bottom of the table.

The axe fell quickly on his predecessors Tommy Craig and Ian Murray, with Alex Rae also sacked after six league games. But the board stuck with Ross, and it’s paid off for Saints.

He said: “I knew it was going to be bumpy at times because of the position the club was in.

“I remember telling the board that it was a big decision for them, but also a big decision for me.

“If it goes belly-up, then you can kiss goodbye to a management career.

“So there was an element of risk to it, but I never worried about that risk. I never feared the sack.

“I have worked in the real world outside of football, so I don’t get caught up in that side of it.

“There are plenty of other ways to make a living outwith being a manager. Life is tough at times and too many of us complain about it and say, ‘poor me’.

“I’ve been rejected and sacked before and the only thing that bothers me is not doing my job properly in the first place.”