Sunderland right-back Conor McLaughlin has admitted that there is frustration amongst his teammates following a poor run of form.
Phil Parkinson the right man for Sunderland?
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the Northern Ireland international claimed that the dressing room is frustrated after a hectic run of fixtures has seen the League One side’s form dip in recent weeks.
McLaughlin said: “It’s obviously frustration in the dressing room. But we know there is quality in there and we can see it in flashes. But it’s more of a determination, really, to do things regularly. It is fine margins, especially in this league. Against teams in this league, every team has a spell in the game.”
Since the appointment of Phil Parkinson, form has not been great for the Black Cats who have currently won just two of their past seven games in all competitions (per BBC Sport).
Indeed, Parkinson’s arrival could seemingly be a factor as to why results on the pitch have been poor as of late. However, as stated in the report, it appears that a congested fixture list has been the main reason as to why results have been poor.
Despite taking charge of seven games for Sunderland, it is easy to forget that Parkinson only joined the club in mid-October (per BBC Sport), meaning the 51-year-old manager has had less than a month at the League One side to implement his footballing philosophies and drill into his players what he expects from them.
McLaughlin’s frustrations are understandable after a hectic three weeks for Sunderland. Those three weeks have seen a new manager come through the door and been tasked with managing on average one game every three days since his first fixture in charge of the Black Cats (per BBC Sport).
Yet these problems behind-the-scenes could ease up in the upcoming days, with Sunderland recently postponing their League One clash against Bristol Rovers due to international call-ups (per the Chronicle). This will give Parkinson time to address key problems with the team and to tweak the system.
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