JACK ROSS has described how he never wanted film crews following him and his players around during last season’s failed promotion bid as Sunderland manager.

Ross, sacked after an unspectacular start at the Stadium of Light last month, was paraded as the new manager of Hibernian yesterday.

He has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Easter Road and was keen to get straight back into the managerial game having had his bid to lead Sunderland to promotion cut short.

As well as having to deal with the trials and tribulations of trying to get Sunderland out of League One last season, he has also outlined how tough it was to carry out his work in front of the cameras - with the Wearside club in the spotlight for Netflix series Sunderland ‘Till I die.

Ross said: “I’ve managed to see some of the episodes of the next series. When you make these documentaries there is probably a narrative before it is even produced. It’s very well done - just like the first series, it’s very well produced. It’s probably less enjoyable when you are in it than when you are just watching!

“That’s a different experience, that season of having a camera crew omnipresent and everything that goes with that. That’s done now and I’ve probably become less paranoid about that. If people judge me from how I appear on a TV programme rather than how I am first-hand, then so be it.

“When I first took the job, it wasn’t a certainty that there would be a second series. I said ‘no’, the board said ‘yes’. So the board won. So, to try to convince me to help them with it, they showed me little bits of the first series.

“And for some reason they decided to show me the clip where Chris [Coleman] comes out the stadium after being relegated. I’ve no idea why they showed me that. The problem is I had started the job already. If they had showed me that before I got it, I don’t know if I would have taken it! I hadn’t even taken charge of a game at that point and was thinking: ‘Oh aye, this will be good’.”

But Ross was gutted to have lost the Sunderland job, and he firmly believes he would have made it work and taken them back up.

And he has admitted how his time in charge made him realise how big the club was.

He said: “It was relentless and intense. We had 61 games last season and travelled a lot so that intense nature of it was significantly different than what I was used to before. But it’s impossible not to enjoy leading teams out at Wembley or being in charge of a team that’s getting 30,000 fans every other week.

“There were ups and downs, highs and lows, but taking the opportunity to be Sunderland manager is something I will never regret. It was a terrific all-round experience.”