Sunderland are edging closer to appointing their new manager after sacking Jack Ross last week. According to the Northern Echo, the Black Cats have spent the last week undergoing a thorough recruitment process to find their new boss, with Phil Parkinson and Gareth Ainsworth the two leading candidates.
The reports also claim that owner Stewart Donald is confident of recruiting the new manager in time for Saturday’s fixture against Wycombe Wanderers. However, it seems fans completely disagree with the potential appointment of Parkinson.
The former Reading player has had over 700 matches in the Football League as a boss and boasts three promotions with three separate clubs as well. Most recently, the former Bradford City boss led Bolton Wanderers back to the Championship in 2017. Parkinson dealt with financial turmoil at both the aforementioned clubs, which consequently forced his resignation at the latter earlier this year.
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Although not the biggest name out there, the 51-year-old does have an impressive CV with proven experience in getting a club further up the divisions. However, his 256 losses against his 262 wins as a manager is slightly alarming going forward, with the Black Cats’ ultimate aim being a return to the top-flight.
Here’s what the fans have had to say…
There is a chance for the owners to get this club back on track and the fans back onside. Appointing Parkinson will throw away that opportunity.
— Stuart Wilson (@StuartW45463944) October 15, 2019
Well all those who wanted Ross out are you happy if this is who we are getting as his replacement absolutely no intention of getting out of this division in my eyes poor choice
— steven naunton (@SteveNaunton) October 15, 2019
It surely can’t be Parkinson. Pretty much guarantees we’ll be looking for another manager in 18 months.
— Martyn Lawrence (@OfficialMartyn) October 15, 2019
Parkinson man. This club ?
— Paul (@paulthomase) October 15, 2019
if it’s parkinson we riot
— aidan ??????? (@aidanlowther) October 15, 2019
Not Parkinson not Parkinson ?
— Ross HALL (@RossHALL1982) October 15, 2019
Ross back in please
— Jake Davison (@JakeDavison15) October 14, 2019
Because we are constantly told from Stewart Donald we have the biggest budget. The aim should be to bring in someone who is capable of getting us back to the premier league not just the cheapest option. No better than grayson on paper. No ambition from the club at all
— Lee Walker (@walke2l) October 15, 2019
#SAFC I want the right person to manage SAFC..who is that I don’t know. But, I do feel Phil Parkinson is the cheap option when there is other names linked who have got better records and personality to engage with the fan base
— Lee Turnbull (@leet1981) October 15, 2019
I hope this stuff about Phil Parkinson taking training this morning is a delayed April fools because his managerial record is absolutely shambolic
— Tom Harle (@T_Harle) October 15, 2019
The whole place needs a lift, it seems like Parkinson has the personality of a David Moyes/Jack Ross love child
— ox (@JamesJamesox) October 15, 2019