Sunderland boss Jack Ross says he is passionate about his job, even though he may not always let it show.
After drawing with Rotherham last time out, the Black Cats will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Bolton on Saturday.
And speaking ahead of the game, Ross refuted suggestions he doesn’t care.
“I care an awful lot about what I do and how your behaviours manifest themselves on the back of that, people have different interpretations of,” Ross told reporters.
“I have an immense amount of pride in what I do and I’ve had to work incredibly hard to get to this position.
“I will always work as consistently at it irrespective of whether things are going well or poorly, or irrespective of people’s opinion of me.
“I’m just pretty balanced in that I’ve worked outside of football – not for long, most of my adult working life has been in the game in some way, but I’ve worked outside it.
“When you say that, people say you don’t care – that’s rubbish.
“I’ve loved football from five-years-old and if you speak to anybody who knows me they’ll tell you it has dominated my life for a long time and it will always do that.”
Sunderland could move into the top two of the League One table if they’re able to take all three points away from the University of Bolton Stadium.