JACK ROSS will be ignoring talk that he is in the frame for two jobs this summer by focusing on getting Sunderland back in the League One automatic promotion places over the Easter period.

In helping turn the Black Cats around after back-to-back relegations from the Premier League, Ross’ reputation as one of the brightest young managers on the British Isles has led to him being considered for a couple of other jobs.

The chances of him moving on half way through his two-year deal seems unlikely, although the chances of Sunderland keeping him could well be determined by the outcome of this season’s promotion charge.

West Bromwich Albion, who have secured a play-off place in the Championship, are still looking for a new boss after Darren Moore’s exit and Ross is believed to be the man they will turn to if they fail to secure fellow Scot Alex Neil from Preston.

There are also claims that Ross will be one of the names on the Scottish FA’s radar to replace Alex McLeish if things don’t turn around quickly following a poor run of results for Scotland.

However, as things stand there is nothing concrete and Ross has to just focus on finishing off the target he set at the start of the campaign – which is promotion out of League One.

Saturday’s remarkable 5-4 defeat to Coventry City at the Stadium of Light has left them two points behind second-place Barnsley but Sunderland still have that game in hand. Portsmouth, who have still to travel to Wearside, are also level on points.

Sunderland have been hit with some big injuries at such a crucial stage of the season, but Chris Maguire could be involved against Doncaster on Friday and that would be a boost. Aiden McGeady and Lee Cattermole were involved again at the weekend.

Ross said: “We’re stretched, it’s not a good time of the season to be stretched, but we are. I wouldn’t know until the week unfolds as to who might be available.

“It was a bit limited in terms of the changes we could make during the game on Saturday but certainly for Lee, he’s going to get a week’s training in which will help.”

Ross is looking forward to not having a midweek game to think about before the visit of Doncaster because he feels it has been a real slog of fixtures for his team to cope with – resulting in the pulsating nine-goal thriller against Coventry.

He said: “Saturday was a lot to do with decision making. Two or three of the goals, we’re on the ball. So that’s something different to being cut open and is more frustrating because you’re in control at that time.

“There’s a lot for us to reflect upon from the last couple of weeks. We’ve worked hard to try and dig out results in this busy period, and we’ve had to use near enough every member of our squad in that time. This four or five days is a chance for us to reflect on what’s best for what lies ahead for us at the weekend.”

Former Sunderland striker Josh Maja, meanwhile, has described why he has ignored flak from fans on social media following his January move to Bordeaux. He has made six appearances for the French club, and is yet to score.

In an interview with The Times, Maja said: “It was a decision I made because it was the best for me. I don’t play to please people apart from me and my family. I want to be the best I can be and it was the right time to move.

“I know they are going to be upset but they should respect that it’s my life. People have been really on my back. They have a right to their opinion but for me it wasn’t easy. Of course they showed loyalty to me and I am grateful for that but I’ve got ambitions and to achieve them I needed to move.”