Phil Parkinson has been appointed as the new Sunderland manager, as reported by the club’s official website.
This comes nine days after the announcement that Jack Ross had been sacked by the Black Cats, as reported by BBC Sport, and while this may not be a long period of time, there was plenty of suspense that made it seem longer, with many managers being linked.
Sunderland now sit ninth in the League One table, though Parkinson will have the chance to make an immediate impact on Saturday, as a win against Wycombe Wanderers would take Sunderland one point behind their opposition, who are currently second.
As per Sunderland’s official Twitter account, Parkinson has managed over 700 games, taken Bradford City to the League Cup final and has achieved three promotions.
The Englishman’s last managerial role was at Bolton Wanderers, where he stayed from June 2016 to August 2019, managing 157 games, averaging 1.15 points per match, as per Transfermarkt.
Having resigned from Bolton among the chaos at the club, as reported by BBC Sport, Parkinson will now be looking to build on the stability at Sunderland and get the club back to the Championship.
Many fans would have preferred Nigel Pearson, but Parkinson is still a good appointment, with plenty of pedigree at this level.
Getting off to a good start will be important for the 51-year-old, as he looks to show everyone at the club that he can guide them towards the promotion they so strongly desire.
Phil Parkinson the right man for Sunderland?
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