Jack Ross insists there can’t be a “them and us” stand-off between bosses and refs.

The Hibs manager admits he doesn’t always speak to officialdom in the correct manner but is convinced some understanding over the matchday pressures he and his counterparts are under may help calm tensions.

Derek McInnes has suggested that a regular repeat of the Perth 2019 summit between all parties could be beneficial with clashes on the increase.

And Ross agrees with the Aberdeen gaffer.

He said: “It is something that would be more than worthwhile. It should never be seen as a them and us situation.

“With anything, the longer you go without having dialogue between stakeholders, the more potential there is for a disconnect between them in all aspects.

“There are some officials who do communicate better but, equally, there are times where we as managers don’t communicate in the most appropriate manner.

Ross admits managers sometimes lose the head with referees

“The more opportunities you have to express frustrations or concerns, or explain your own behaviour or actions, the better. What Derek said is totally right.

“There should be a good relationship. There is in some cases but in others there isn’t. We have a responsibility in that but so do the officials.

“If both parties are willing to recognise that, then its healthier in general. I don’t always speak to officials in the correct manner. I try to but I know I don’t because I’m in a highly emotive job.

“The best officials are the ones who understand that.

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“There is a line that can’t be crossed but if there is a lack of understanding that you are going to get upset at times, then it’s not a great starting point.

“Some do it better than others but that’s because some people are better communicators.”

Ross, meanwhile, is looking for his team to take a step towards sealing third spot in Perth on Saturday and admits it’s now crunch time.

The manager, who is delighted the 2020-21 Scottish Cup can be completed, finished a job when getting St Mirren over the line to win a title.

Ross said: “It gives you a very good understanding of how difficult it is to do when you get to that final part.

Ross celebrates winning the Championship title at St Mirren

“It is the hardest part, winning semi-finals and finals, winning the league, qualifying for Europe, whatever those achievements should be – and that is where we want to be as a club. Every time you have
that experience, it strengthens you and ensures you are better prepared.

“We have guys who have previous experience of achieving success with Hibs and players who have come from other clubs who have had admirable success, so they understand.”

Midfielder Chris Cadden admitted it’ll be about more than ability as he added: “I’ve always said the mental aspect is so important in football, especially as you’re challenging higher up.

“That’s something the gaffer tries to instil in us.”