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Sunderland fans show vocal support for Phil Parkinson following recent turnaround

Sunderland have struggled for much of the season but their form since Christmas has brought renewed hope back to the Stadium of Light, and the team now sit in sixth place in League One.

Jack Ross found himself out of a job after a poor start and the hangover effect from his tenure seemingly plagued Phil Parkinson and his squad, which he has only recently got rid of.

The 4-0 thrashing of second-place Wycombe shows the Black Cats can be a class above on their day, and that is thanks to the spirit and style that Parkinson has finally been able to implement.

He may still only have five wins from 18 games but supporters are beginning to understand his tactics and there is seemingly a strong belief in what he is trying to install at the club, as the six-match unbeaten run indicates that it is working well.

Supporters have acknowledged that they were perhaps a little too quick to judge the manager so harshly, as his key decisions have worked in the team’s favour.

That includes the move to a 5-2-3 formation which has seen Lynden Gooch and Chris Maguire thrive – the pair now have 21 goals and assists between them this season – whilst Aiden McGeady’s omission from the senior squad seems to have allowed a strong team spirit to manifest.

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Some fans point to Parkinson improving players, most notably Maguire, who has now scored nine league goals after firing his side to victory over the Chairboys on Saturday.

Is the recent form evidence that Parkinson can guide Sunderland to promotion?

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Meanwhile, Sunderland fans have also been discussing the potential signing of a prolific goalscorer currently playing in the Premier League.

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