This article is part of Football FanCast’s Pundit View series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent quotes from journalists, pundits, players and managers…
Charlie Wyke has come out in support of his manager and made it clear that he and his teammates are determined to put things right on the pitch over the coming weeks.
The Sunderland forward has rarely featured since the Black Cats’ boss took over due to picking up an injury in his first match in charge at Wycombe, and things have gone badly downhill since then.
Despite that, Wyke is confident in the mentality and ability of the squad, and believes they will be able to put things right by working hard and sticking together, and he suggests that they’re doing that currently.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, the striker said:
“Of course we’re behind Phil. All we want to do is play well and get the results. It’s not happening for us at the minute, but we’ve just got to work hard and try and put things right.
“Everyone is behind each other, we’re still a team and we’ve got to work hard to try and put things right.
“We’re not playing well, and being from the North East I know how much it means to the fans. It’s the be all and end all to them. I completely understand their frustrations. We feel that way too. But we’ve just got to work hard and bounce back.”
Parkinson spoke recently about his previous admiration of Wyke when he was at Bolton, and the 26-year-old has taken encouragement from his manager’s words and admitted that it has acted as a confidence boost for him.
The former Carlisle striker has missed several important games in recent weeks, matches which have led Sunderland to spiral down the table and exit three cup competitions.
He has faith in his ability and Parkinson’s plans for him to get firing once more, indicating that the boss’ aim to get crosses into the box is a style which should get the best out of him.
So far anything Parkinson has tried has failed to produce goals or results, so Wyke’s return could be significant, but some fans don’t have any faith in him or the manager.
In a Roker Report poll on Twitter questioning fans about whether the Sunderland manager should be sacked, 94% of responses – at the time of writing – advocated his dismissal, and therefore they will not want to hear Wyke’s supportive words.
There is clear discontent amongst the fanbase and the squad and management alike face a difficult task to win them back over, and until results pick up it is only likely to get worse.
Fan disillusion is evidenced and only being made worse by the behaviour of some players, with two individuals showing a complete lack of discipline through their actions after the Gillingham defeat.