Sunderland remain on the lookout for a new manager after they sacked Jack Ross last week.
A host of names have been linked with the vacancy, with Phil Parkinson emerging as the new favourite after it was revealed he has held talks with the Black Cats hierarchy.
More progress is sure to be made in the coming days as the north-east outfit look to have someone in place ahead of the weekend trip to high-flying Wycombe Wanderers.
And, it’s fair to say that some fans aren’t too excited about the prospect of Parkinson succeeding Ross.
However, here we look at THREE reasons why the 51-year-old might be the right choice as Sunderland look to secure promotion back to the Championship this season…
He has proven himself at this level
Whilst Parkinson’s teams haven’t been the best to watch over the years, few can argue with the results he has provided – particularly in League One.
He has taken Colchester and most recently Bolton up to the second-tier and considering it’s all about promotion for the Black Cats, it make sense to go with someone who has been there and done it.
He will tighten them up defensively
The big problem for Sunderland this season has been conceding goals and they still haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet in the league and that’s just not good enough for a side expecting to win promotion.
Parkinson could be the man to solve that problem though. His Bolton side knew how to grind out results at this level and his ability to organise a team has been shown regularly over the years.
He is readily available
Whilst it’s not a decisive factor, the fact that the ex-Bradford chief is ready to take over immediately has to appeal.
There’s no negotiating with another club to agree a compensation package, instead they can sort things quickly – which is important.
The board need to act swiftly this week and if they want Parkinson to come to the club you would imagine that it will be pretty straightforward to conclude.