Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to debate the appointment of new manager Phil Parkinson after the club officially announced his appointment on Thursday.
Parkinson was most recently in management with Bolton Wanderers but resigned earlier this year, despite getting the club back into the Championship in 2017. Before his Bolton tenure, the Englishman famously took Bradford City, then of League Two, all the way to the League Cup final, having beaten the likes of Arsenal along the way.
However, fans have understandably so got their doubts about the former Reading player as their new boss, as he currently has a record of just 262 wins from 718 games as a manager.
The 51-year-old will take charge of Sunderland’s Saturday fixture against Wycombe Wanderers for what will be his first game in management since August 17, when Tranmere Rovers thrashed his Bolton side 5-0.
Currently, the Black Cats sit ninth in League One after 11 games and a win over the Chairboys could take them back into the playoffs, should other results go their way.
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Should he achieve success at Sunderland, he is going to need to change things up to get the likes of Will Grigg firing again – the former Wigan Athletic man has not scored in 11 appearances in League One this campaign.
Before his appointment, it seemed that some fans were unhappy with Parkinson mentioned as a candidate. However, given his track record and ambitions to get out of League One, his appointment might be a good idea right now. Here’s what the supporters have had to say…
I’ll be the first to apologise if we do, but I think we’re staring at a third league one season in the face.
— Jon Place ? (@JonathanPlace1) October 17, 2019
It’s a pointless vote at the minute. Let’s see how he sets us up and how he gets on in the first 5-6 games at least. All polls like this do is cause further conflict between fans who have different opinions and that’s something we need a lot less of at this moment in time.
— Dave (@Yellowbug1969) October 17, 2019
I said no but that is based more on quality of our strikers – certainly would need a new one as Grigg/Wyke awful although I like McNulty
— Mark Lawson (@Rokermark30) October 17, 2019
I really hope he does and I’ll back him but he wouldn’t have been my choice. He needs to get Grigg and Wyke firing otherwise we will still be in this league next year.
— Ross HALL (@RossHALL1982) October 17, 2019
He wouldn’t have been who I would have appointed, but he has the job so let’s get behind him.
— ? ? ? ? ? /// ™ (@JEDunlop) October 17, 2019
No, the squad isn’t good enough. He’ll help shore up the defence, which should at least make a repeat of last season probable more than possible.
— Peter Taylor (@burymeinexile) October 17, 2019
The squad is definitely good enough for promotion
— Monkey Meat (@GaryMesser79) October 17, 2019
Parky’s the man to get us up I reckon. Can’t wait for the new start.
— David Glen (@DavidGl74220890) October 17, 2019
Last 10 years ive never seen a good sunderland manager really so maybe a “bad” appointment could turn out to be good
— Jake Harwood (@Amazeddragon) October 17, 2019