RR: So Michael - as a fan of both Sunderland and Hibernian, it must be a strange feeling knowing that the man who has just been sacked by one club is about to take charge at the other. What’s your gut feeling on the appointment?
MD: Me personally, I am looking forward to Jack managing Hibs. He knows the Scottish game inside out, unlike Paul Heckingbottom, who Hibs fans think underrated it.
RR: Did you think that it was fair that Jack lost his job at Sunderland? Was it the right call?
MD: This goes without saying, but Sunderland needed to make a quick return back to the Championship - certain games and results were not going the way that supporters hoped it should, especially at the start of this season. So, it was inevitable - and perhaps understandable - in the end.
RR: How has the news gone down amongst the Hibs supporters?
MD: The majority of Hibs fans are looking forward to seeing what Jack is capable of, and are hoping that he brings the passing and flowing football to our club that we are used to at our club. He certainly showed that with St Mirren, where his teams dominated more often than not.
RR: It hasn’t really been that long since Jack left Sunderland - what lessons do you think that he will have learned from his time here?
MD: Jack will at least now, on the back of leaving Sunderland, have the knowledge of how a big club’s support feels that winning games regularly are essential if you are to meet their demands for success - too many draws are not always the answer!
RR: Are there any Sunderland players that you could see Jack realistically targetting in the upcoming January transfer window?
MD: Well... Dylan McGeouch would certainly be welcome back at Easter Road!
RR: What are the differences in the structure behind the scenes at Hibs in comparison to Sunderland? Will Jack be handed full control of footballing matters, or will he be working under a Director of Football?
MD: Jack will be working under Chief Executive Leanne Dempster. I believe that Ross will want to take John Potter (current first team coach at Sunderland, who was the only one of Jack’s backroom team who Phil Parkinson opted to keep around) as his assistant.
His assistant at Sunderland, James Fowler, has moved on and was appointed as Head of Football Operations at Kilmarnock on Friday.