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Sunderland: Phil Parkinson emerges as contender for managerial job

Sunderland: Phil Parkinson emerges as contender for managerial job

Sunderland are thought to be leaning towards appointing former Bolton manager Phil Parkinson as their replacement for Jack Ross.

The Black Cats are searching for a new man in the managerial hot-seat after parting ways with Ross just last week, and according to the Daily Star, the club has seemingly been impressed with Parkinson in discussions so far.

According to the report, Parkinson is in competition with the likes of former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel and Wigan manager Paul Cook, with those in charge at the Stadium of Light looking to bring in a manager who knows the league and can guide the club to promotion back to the Championship.

Parkinson has been out of work since walking away from the Bolton job earlier in the year when financial and off-field problems at the club rendered it impossible for him to continue his role as manager for the Trotters.

Sunderland have seen results falter this season in League One, results which have ultimately cost Ross his job in the dugout.

The club may see Parkinson – who has multiple promotions on his CV – as the ideal man to step into the fold and replace the aforementioned Ross. Indeed, he ensured Bolton were promoted in 2017 despite a transfer embargo and does boast a wealth of experience in the third-tier of English football, having previously managed the likes of Bradford City and Charlton Athletic.

With that in mind, Sunderland could do far worse than appoint a manager of the experience and quality of Parkinson.

His spells with Bolton and Bradford have proven he knows the league well and can be successful, and that, ultimately, is the ideal scenario for the club. In a piece written by George Caulkin of the Athletic, the journalist wrote ‘“One season at this level is an adventure, but two is unforgivable. Three would be intolerable”’, so turning to a man with such experience does seem to be the safest bet. 

Frankly, Sunderland need to get back to the Championship, and Parkinson could well be the man to take them there.

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