Ipswich Town have been given permission to speak to St Mirren boss Jack Ross, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The 41-year-old has been linked with various jobs in the Football League over the past few months including Barnsley and Charlton Athletic.

The Scottish boss has made the headlines this season after guiding St Mirren to the Scottish Championship title and back to the top flight in Scotland. However, they may face a battle to hold onto him this summer with him now being given permission to speak to Championship side Ipswich Town.

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The Tractor Boys are in the hunt for a new manager for next season after Mick McCarthy left them last month. They are hopeful of getting a new manager in over the next month with Jack Ross high on their list. Other names such as Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst, their former striker Shefki Kuqi and ex-Sunderland manager Chris Coleman have also been linked with their vacant post.

Ross played for the likes of Falkirk, Hartlepool United, Cylde and St Mirren in his playing days. As a manager, he has been in charge of Alloa Athletic and St Mirren so far but is being tipped for a big future in the managerial game. His title win this season in Scotland could be rewarded by a move to Ipswich Town.

This is bad news for St Mirren fans who will be desperate to keep hold of their manager. However, for Ipswich fans, this is a step closer to a replacement for Mick McCarthy.

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