Opposition view: "I have a lot of respect for Jack Ross"

Bolton Wanderers boss Keith Hill has been speaking to the media ahead of Sunderland’s trip to the University of Bolton Stadium and he believes that both clubs are among the biggest in League One.

The former Rochdale boss took over at the Trotters at the end of August and signed nine players including former Black Cats Daryl Murphy and Liam Bridcutt. 

Hill is well aware of the task facing him this weekend, but he is relishing the prospect of facing Jack Ross and his team.

“There are big clubs in this league – and we are one of them – but there’s no getting around the fact Sunderland are up there.”  

“I couldn’t say who is the biggest club in League One.

“We have to represent our values against Sunderland.

“We will try and build more blocks after the Oxford result over the next few days going into Saturday.”

He added: “Now that I am fresh and ready to go again, I don’t have those emotional ups and downs, I don’t let that weigh me down.”  

“I took this job because I really, really wanted it and I don’t want to fall out of love because of the pressures of the position we’re in. I won’t do that.

“I have never been intimidated – I certainly can’t remember being.

“Sunderland are a good outfit and I have a lot of respect for Jack Ross but my players will reflect the fact we are sending them out there to reflect the needs of the supporters and the instructions of myself and my assistant David Flitcroft.”

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