Sunderland fans are growing impatient with Phil Parkinson after their latest loss to MK Dons this weekend.
It was the Dons’ first away victory in 14 months and it was gifted to them after Grant Leadbitter’s foul gave Scott Fraser the chance to convert from the penalty spot, which he did.
The defeat was the Black Cats’ third successive loss in all competitions, and some sections of the support now want a change at the top.
Stewart Donald might soon be selling the club, but there’s no reason as to why he couldn’t replace Parkinson before he departs, or that the prospective owners might make their first big decision and put a new man in charge.
Let’s look at three men who should be considered by the current Sunderland ownership to replace Parkinson if a change is made…
Cook is always likely to be linked to Championship jobs after his exploits with Wigan last season before they were cruelly relegated due to going into administration.
But he would be silly to not consider a job at a club like Sunderland if they came knocking.
Cook has admitted that he’s keen to get back into management and he should be right at the top of Sunderland’s list if they end up having a vacancy.
Johnson spent four years at Bristol City before departing before the end of last season, and he may have to drop down a level if he wants to make his way back up the footballing pyramid.
But when it’s a big club like Sunderland, sometimes it’s worth taking that risk, and he should definitely be under consideration for a job of this magnitude.
Johnson’s teams always play attractive football, something that hasn’t been seen at the Stadium of Light for a while, and it would be a welcome change for the fans to see.
Cowley’s football may not always be easy on the eye, but he and brother Nicky are born winners.
He oversaw Lincoln’s charge up the leagues and their historic FA Cup run before moving on to Huddersfield Town, and that spell only ended because of disagreements with the board.
There may be some similarities between Cowley and Parkinson, but the former leaves a bit more room for maneuver with his tactics, and would surely get Sunderland flying again.