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.
Definitely humble pie. These things take time though don’t they? Let’s hope this continues
— Sam (@itsammayte) January 11, 2020
Brilliant. Well played, what a turn around, Parkinson is certainly winning us over, in the play off positions now! 😉
— andrew (@andyoots) January 11, 2020
They were class today, credit where credit is due. If he gets the club out of this damned league by hook or by crook, I won’t be complaining
— David Keeler (@Squealer66) January 11, 2020
Same here, over the moon if he proves me wrong, Phil the thrill Parkinson
— Micky Lawson (@Micky_A_Lawson) January 11, 2020
That is the best that #SAFC have played since dropping into League One – Phil Parkinson deserves full credit and I hope he keeps proving me wrong. Certainly not going to pretend he hasn’t turned it around because he has. Playing Hume, Gooch & Maguire in their proper roles works!
— Gav. (@Gav1879) January 11, 2020
Must say i never thought parkinson was the right choice but credit were credit is due these last few games he’s got us playing better football than Ross ever did. Long may it continue @SunderlandAFC #SAFC
— dan hill (@danjhill29) January 11, 2020
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.
How good has he managed Chris Maguire?
— Adrian Magson (@AdrianMagson) January 11, 2020
Best I’ve seen Sunderland play since the prem. All the lads fantastic. It seems we have turned a corner and all credit to Phil Parkinson & the players. Not sure why it took 15 games or so for the players to tick but long may it continue. 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ #safc @RokerReport
— Thomas J (@TJ_Hewitt) January 11, 2020
Meanwhile, Sunderland fans have also been discussing the potential signing of a prolific goalscorer currently playing in the Premier League.